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Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre

  • Nanjing, China
  • 2011 – 2018
  • Hexi New Planning Bureau
  • Under Construction
  • 465,000m2
  • Hotel 136,000 m2
  • Conference Centre 106,500 m2
  • Office etc 122,500 m2
  • Basement parking 100,000 m2

The Culture and Conference Centre is located on the river in Hexi New Town; Nanjing’s new central business district (CBD). The project includes a 106,500 sq. m. conference centre, two towers totaling 258,500 sq, m., 100,000 sq. m. of basement areas and the plaza that terminates the CBDs main axis on the riverfront. The project is Nanjing’s flagship development scheduled for completion in 2016.

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The Culture and Conference Centre masterplan expresses the continuity, fluidity and connectivity between the urban environment of Hexi New Town, the agricultural farmland along the Yangtze river and the rural landscapes of Jiangxinzhou Island. An additional proposal by Zaha Hadid Architects includes a pedestrian bridge to link the plaza with the other side of the river.

The Culture and Conference Centre occupies a site area of 5.2 hectares with a construction floor space of 465,000 square metres. The taller of the two towers is 314 metres/68 floors high and contains office floors and a five-star hotel. The shorter tower is 255 metres/59 floors in height and will house a hotel for the conference centre on the plaza. The two towers share a five-level, mixed-use podium.

The Conference Centre houses a conference hall, multipurpose rooms, meeting rooms, exhibition areas, restaurants, a VIP zone and some retail areas. The four major program elements (Conference Hall, Concert Hall, Multifunctional Hall and VIP Zone) are independent volumes surrounding the courtyard. These four elements then merge into a singular whole at higher levels, allowing pedestrians to walk through an open landscape at ground level. The Conference Hall seats 2,100 and is equipped with a multi-purpose proscenium stage for cultural and theatrical events. The Concert Hall seats 500 and is optimized for both acoustic orchestral performances and also shows using audio equipment.

The towers create a dynamic transition from the vertical of the urban CBD to the horizontal topography of the river. The taller tower signifies the position of the plaza both within the urban grid of Hexi New Town and on the Nanjing Skyline. The natural landscapes of the river are connected to the urban streetscape of the new CBD through the fluid architectural language of the mixed-use podium and conference centre. This architectural composition juxtaposes the vertical (city) and horizontal (river and landscape).

At the interface between tower and podium, the glass facade gradually transforms into a grid of rhomboid fibre-concrete panels, giving the large surfaces of podium and conference centre a solid and sculptural appearance; underlining the dynamic character of the form and providing daylight to the building’s interior.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Zaha Hadid, Patrik Schumacher

Project Director

Nils-Peter Fischer

Project Architect

Shao-Wei Huang

Consulting Associate

Cristiano Ceccato

Lead Facades and Envelope

Shao-wei Huang, Lydia Kim

Lead Conference Centre

Melike Altinisik

Lead Towers and Podium

Garin O’Aivazian

Lead Interiors

May-Jinqui Qin

Lead Landscape & Urbanism

Carolina Lopez-Blanco

Lead Site Supervision

Ed Gaskin

Competition Team

Garin O’Aivazian, Jalal El-Ali, Kyla Farrell, Maria Tsironi, Matthew Richardson, Melike Altinisik, Meng Chan Tang, Mirco Becker, Mostafa El Sayed, Paolo Gamba, Saman Saffarian, Shajay Bhooshan, Shao-wei Huang, Shyamala Duraisingam, Spyridon Kaprinis, Suryansh Chandra, Yevgeniya Pozigun

Project Team

Ashwin Shah, Alexandros Kallegias, Carlos Michel-Medina, Carlos Piles Puig, Chao Wei, Charbel Chagoury, Christy Yin, David Doody, Duarte Reino, Elena Scripelliti, Emma Chen, Ermis Chalvatzis, Eugene Leung, Frenji Koshy, George Frenji, Ho-Ping Hsia, Hongdi Li, Igor Pantic, Jamie Mann, John Randle, Julia McLeod, Katharina Hieger, Konstantinos Mouratidis, Leonid Krykhtin, Leo Wu, Mattia Gambardella, Michael Grau, Michael Sims, Mostafa El Sayed, Mu Ren, Nassim Eshaghi, Natassa Lianou, Nicholette Chan, Niqui Berkowski, Patryk Ruszkowski, Sebastian Andia, Shajay Bhooshan, Soomeen Hahm, Spyridon Kaprinis, Vincent Nowak, Yuchen Zhang, Yue Shi, Yun Zhang

Site Supervision Team

Juan Liu, David Chen, Liyuan Zhang, Vincenzo Cocomero, Xi Wang, Xin Ji, Yan Geng