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Guangdong architectures in Berlin Design Awards 2023: Innovation of technology and tradition

 Recently, the winner list of Berlin Design Awards 2023 was announced, three architectural projects in Guangdongwon gold and silver awards.

The following are the award-winning projects that inherit the traditional Cantonese culture, and provide innovative experiences for urban life.

Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center

The project won the Gold Award of "Architecture - Public and Institutional - International". This award celebrates the design process and product of planning, designing and constructing form, space and ambience that reflect functional, technical, social, and aesthetic considerations.

Photo: Official website of Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center 

As one of the world's largest exhibition and convention centers, Shenzhen World Exhibition & Convention Center has a building area of 1.6 million square meters, and an indoor exhibition area of 400,000 square meters. It only took three and a half years from design to completion at "Shenzhen speed". The world-class exchange platform combines its unique architectural form with an advanced three-dimensional traffic network that separates pedestrians and vehicles, suffused with green wisdom.

The Center showcases the deep meaning of the "Maritime Silk Road" figuratively with the lavender blue wavy roof and the winding colorful ribbon patterns. The passionate Shenzhen flower, bougainvillea, and "coast guard" mangroves are subtly integrated into the design, becoming a unique architectural language.

Photo: Nanfang Daily


GUANGZHOU ICC won the Gold Award of "Architecture - Commercial - International".

ICC is an important part of the core area of CBD in Tianhe District, Guangzhou and the new central axis of Tianhe Sports Center. The complex consists of two tower buildings and the ground floor business area.

Photo: Official website of Berlin Design Awards 2023

The business area on the ground floor of ICC is dominated by single-sided shops. A moderate-scale roof garden is designed on the top of the commercial podium, where the public can enjoy the scenery of Tianhe Sports Park and Zhujiang New Town. It provides an accessible leisure space for the public and white-collar workers in the CBD.

Photo: Official website of Berlin Design Awards 2023

Guangzhou Xinhua Bookstore

The project won the Silver Award of "Interior Design - International Showroom or Flagship". This award celebrates innovative and creative building interiors, with consideration given to space creation and planning, furnishings, finishes, and aesthetic presentation.

Photo: Nanfang Daily

As the first Xinhua bookstore in Guangzhou, the bookstore is an important part of the memory of Guangzhou residents. It shows visitors the context of the city's development, and allows visitors to feel the multiculturalism of Guangzhou via showing the characteristic culture of Guangzhou.

In terms of the overall layout, the design draws on the layout mode of the "vestibule and backyard" and "three courtyards" in Xiguan Mansion. The buildings in the Guangfu area have "halls", "courtyards" and "book pavilions" since ancient times.

Photo: Nanfang Daily

It is not only a large bookstore but also a large-scale activity area, which can host large-scale activities for more than 100 people. Specially selected collection rooms and small VIP reading areas are designed around to meet the cultural needs of readers at different levels.

Author | Alice

Editor | Wing, Nan, Monica, Jerry

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