Cover Zaha Hadid Architects will be in charge of phase two of Beijing's International Exhibition Centre (Photo: Courtesy of Atchain)

Zaha Hadid Architects has won the design competition to design and build phase two of the International Exhibition Centre in Beijing

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), founded by Pritzker Architecture awardee Zaha Hadid, triumphed in the design competition to build phase two of Beijing's International Exhibition Centre. The announcement comes just weeks after it was confirmed that the architects will be working on two new projects: the HKUST Student Residence in Hong Kong and Tower C at Shenzhen Bay.

The new exhibition space is set to become an important venue for conferences, trade fairs and industry expos attended by delegates from across the globe. Located in Beijing, the capital city is a thriving ground for China's cultural and academic advancements and has developed into one of the world's centres of communication and scientific research. Coinciding with the city's growth, ZHA will significantly expand the exhibition centre's new 438,500 square metre space, further enhancing the city's position as one of the leading centres of knowledge and international exchange.

Phase two of the new exhibition centre will be located at the core of the International Airport New City in Beijing's Shunyi District. It's also set to welcome local residents and visitors around the world.

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Echoing the integrated relationships between the exhibition halls, conference centre and hotel, the exhibition centre will be arranged in a series of interconnecting lines and geometries that take inspiration from the textures of glazed tubular ceramic tile roofs within traditional Chinese architecture. The copper colour and large recessed windows will give further expression to the visually dynamic envelope.

Just like ZHA's other works, a number of sustainable techniques and designs will be implemented. A composite roof system will be designed to insulate the interior environment and provide maximum sound absorption. Solar arrays will also harvest renewable energy while a smart building management system will adjust the centre's hybrid ventilation as required, ensuring optimum natural ventilation.

Rainwater collection and greywater recycling will complement the extensive gardens and natural landscaping. And to top it off, advancements in sustainable building technologies will help target minimum embodied carbon and emissions.

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