Dali­an int. Con­fe­rence Cen­ter

Desi­gned by Coop Himmelb(l)au


The urban design task of the Dali­an Inter­na­tio­nal Con­fe­rence Cen­ter is to crea­te an instant­ly reco­gniz­ab­le land­mark at the ter­mi­nal point of the future exten­si­on of the main city axis. As its focal point the buil­ding will be ancho­red in the men­tal land­s­cape of the popu­la­ti­on and the inter­na­tio­nal com­mu­ni­ty.

The foot­print of the buil­ding on the site is the­re­fo­re arran­ged in accordance with the ori­en­ta­ti­on of the two major urban axis which mer­ge in front of the buil­ding. The can­ti­le­ve­ring con­fe­rence spaces that pene­tra­te the faca­des crea­te a spa­ti­al­ly mul­ti­fa­ce­ted buil­ding volu­me and dif­fe­ren­tia­te the clo­se sur­roun­dings.

The various thea­ters and con­fe­rence spaces are cove­r­ed by a cone-shaped roof screen. Through con­trol­led day­light input good spa­ti­al ori­en­ta­ti­on for the visi­tors and atmo­s­phe­ric varie­ty is assu­red.

A public zone at ground level allows for dif­fe­ren­tia­ting acces­si­bi­li­ty for the dif­fe­rent groups of users. The actu­al per­for­mance and con­fe­rence spaces are situa­ted at +15,30 m above the ent­ran­ce hall. The grand thea­ter, with a capa­ci­ty of 1.600 seats and a sta­ge tower, and the direc­t­ly adja­cent fle­xi­ble con­fe­rence hall of 2.500 seats, are posi­tio­ned at the core of the buil­ding.

With this arran­ge­ment the main sta­ge can be used for the clas­si­cal thea­ter audi­to­ri­um as well as for the fle­xi­ble mul­tipur­po­se hall. The main audi­to­ri­um is addi­tio­nal­ly equip­ped with back­stage are­as like in tra­di­tio­nal thea­ters and ope­ra houses. This sche­me is appro­pria­te to broa­den the ran­ge of opti­ons for the use of this space: from con­ven­ti­on, musi­cal, thea­ter even up to clas­si­cal ope­ra, with very litt­le addi­tio­nal invest­ment. The smal­ler con­fe­rence spaces are arran­ged like pearls around this core, pro­vi­ding very short con­nec­tions bet­ween the dif­fe­rent are­as, thus saving time while chan­ging bet­ween the dif­fe­rent units. Most con­fe­rence rooms and the cir­cu­la­ti­on are­as have direct day­light from above.

Through this open and flu­id arran­ge­ment the thea­ter and con­fe­rence spaces on the main level estab­lish a kind of urban struc­tu­re with »squa­res« and »street spaces«. The­se iden­ti­fia­ble »addres­ses« faci­li­ta­te user ori­en­ta­ti­on wit­hin the buil­ding. Thus the infor­mal mee­ting pla­ces, as well as chill-out and cate­ring zones, and in bet­ween the halls, gar­dens with view con­nec­tion to out­si­de are pro­vi­ded as requi­red for modern con­fe­rence uti­li­za­ti­on.
The access to the base­ment par­king gara­ge, truck deli­very and was­te dis­po­sal is loca­ted at the sou­thwest side of the site, thus fre­eing the front dri­ve­way to the ent­ran­ces from tran­sit traf­fic. The main ent­ran­ce from the sea side cor­re­sponds to the future deve­lop­ments, inclu­ding the con­nec­tion to the future crui­se ter­mi­nal.

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix/ W. Dreib­holz & Part­ner ZT GmbH
Design Princi­pal: Wolf D. Prix
Pro­ject Part­ner: Paul Kath (until 2010), Wolf­gang Reicht
Pro­ject Archi­tect: Wolf­gang Reicht
Design Archi­tect: Alex­an­der Ott
Design Team: Qui­rin Krumbholz, Eva Wolf, Vic­to­ria Coaloa
Pro­ject Team: Nico Boy­er, Liisi Salumaa, Anja Sor­ger, Vanes­sa Cas­tro Vélez, Lei Feng, Rein­hard Hacker, Jan Brosch, Vero­ni­ka Janovs­ka, Man­fred Yuen,Matthias Nie­mey­er, Matt Kirk­ham, Peter Rose, Mar­kus Wings, Aria­ne Marx, Wen­dy Fok, Rein­hard Platzl, Debo­ra Creel, Hui-Cheng, Jes­sie Chen, Simon Die­sen­druck, Yue Chen, Tho­mas Hin­de­lang, Pola Diet­rich, Moritz Kei­tel, Ian Robert­son, Keigo Fuku­ga­ki, Gas­par Gon­za­lez Mele­ro, Gia­co­mo Tina­ri, Ali­ce Gong, Fran­cois Gan­don
Model Buil­ding: Nam La-Chi, Paul Hos­zow­ski, Tay­lor Clay­ton, Mat­thi­as Bornhofer,Katsyua Arai, Zhu Juankang, Lukas All­ner, Phil­lip Rei­ner, Moritz Hein­rath, Oli­via Wim­mer, Sil­ja Wie­ner, Kat­rin Ert­le, Maria Zagal­lo, Logan Yuen, André Nakonz, Ari­han Seno­cak, Rash­mi Jois, Sachin Tho­rat, Marc Wer­ner

Local Part­ner: DADRI Dali­an Insti­tu­te of Archi­tec­tu­re Design and Rese­arch Co. LTD, UD Stu­dio, Dali­an, P.R. Chi­na, J&A Inte­rior Design, Shen­zhen, P.R. Chi­na
Struc­tu­ral Engi­nee­ring: B+G Inge­nieu­re, Bol­lin­ger Groh­mann Schnei­der ZT-GmbH, Vien­na, Aus­tria
DADRI Dali­an Insti­tu­te of Archi­tec­tu­re Design and Rese­arch Co. LTD, Dali­an, P.R Chi­na
Acoustics: Mül­ler-BBM, Plan­egg, Ger­ma­ny: Dr. Eckard Mom­merz
Sta­ge Design: BSEDI Bei­jing Spe­cial Engi­nee­ring Design and Rese­arch Insti­tu­te, Bei­jing, P.R. Chi­na
Ligh­t­ing Design: a•g Licht, Wil­fried Kramb, Bonn, Ger­ma­ny
Audio & Video: CRFTG Radio, Film and Tele­vi­si­on Design & Rese­arch Insti­tu­te, Bei­jing, P.R. Chi­na
Cli­ma­tic Design: Prof. Bri­an Cody, Ber­lin, Ger­ma­ny
Con­gress Manage­ment: Dr. Niko­laus Brei­sach, Graz, Aus­tria
HVAC, Sprink­ler: Rein­hold A. Bacher, Vien­na, Aus­tria
DADRI Dali­an Insti­tu­te of Archi­tec­tu­re Design and Rese­arch Co. LTD, Dali­an, P.R. Chi­na
Faça­de: Mein­hardt Faca­de Tech­no­lo­gy Ltd. Bei­jing Branch Office, Bei­jing, P.R. Chi­na
Pho­to­vol­taic: Baum­gart­ner GmbH, Kip­pen­heim, Ger­ma­ny
Gene­ral Con­trac­tor: Chi­na Con­struc­tion Eight Engi­nee­ring Divi­si­on, Dali­an, P.R. Chi­na
Pho­to­gra­phie: Duc­cio Malag­am­ba & Shu He

Coop Himmelb(l)au

COOP HIMMELB(L)AU was foun­ded by Wolf D. Prix, Hel­mut Swic­zin­sky, and Micha­el Hol­zer in Vien­na, Aus­tria, in 1968, and is active in archi­tec­tu­re, urban plan­ning, design, and art. In 1988, a second stu­dio was ope­ned in Los Ange­les, USA. Fur­ther pro­ject offices are loca­ted in Frank­furt, Ger­ma­ny and Paris, Fran­ce. COOP HIMMELB(L)AU employs cur­r­ent­ly 150 team mem­bers from nine­teen nati­ons.

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