NANJING INTERNATIONAL EXPO CENTER SOUTH EXPANSION: PHASE III
ABOUT THE PROJECT
The Phase III Expansion of the Nanjing International Exposition Center is the culmination of the ongoing convention district development since the first phase opened in 2008. The 8.2 hectare Phase III site is located at the south side of the Phase I across Jinsha River West Road and offers a dramatic grand lobby on Jiang Dong Avenue. A secondary lobby serves the recently completed development to the west of the site designed by Zaha Hadid. This new expansion totals 236,000 sm and features a 50,000 sm exhibition hall and a 14,600 sm merchandise mart as program complements to the original Phase I campus. Separated from the exhibition hall by a pedestrian laneway are three high rise office/hotel towers atop a podium with 21,200 sm of retail and entertainment venues.
DESIGN GOALS & STRATEGY
The exhibition center conveniently connects with Phase I via a bridge across the Jinsha River West Road linked to the proposed retail extension of the Phase I complex and an underground tunnel from the proposed Phase I underground garage.
The design of the new Phase III expansion complements the forms and materials of the original Phase I campus while incorporating a more diverse environment associated with vibrant urban retail districts. Both the exhibition hall roof and the faceted high rise tower facades further evoke the architectural vocabularly of the Phase I campus and express the dynamic movement of sport in celebrating the successful International Youth Olympics that Nanjing hosted on the site in 2014. Also, the three towers located of the south podium fulfill the ‘urban wall’ aspirations of the original master plan for the Youth Olympic Boulevard.
Finally, and most importantly, Phase III boasts a 400 meter long pedestrian laneway between the exhibition hall and south podium that realizes an urban design goal for the greater Hexi District of a comprehensive system of separate, dedicated pedestrian environments. The laneway provides a dynamic offering of retail and entertainment venues in service to exhibition attendees and residents of Hexi.