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Zhangjiang Science Hall

Architect: Christian de Portzamparc | Address: 1393 Haike Road

The newly opened venue draws and enthralls both tech and art fans with its design, offering a subtle blend of technological charm and an artistic atmosphere.

The steel-framed structure adopts a hollow-carved design, with more than 30,000 triangle porcelain plates in 10 changing colors from blackish-green to light-gray paving the facade. The effect creates a unique “world of light and shadow.”

During the day, cracks of light filter through the irregularly-shaped glass plates, giving visitors the feeling of walking under a draped canopy of trees. As the venue is illuminated at night, the lights shine through the glass plates and gleam on the nearby Chuanyang River.

Yes, natural elements like sunlight, air and water are keywords for the design. Notably, on the rooftop there’s a garden planted with roses and grapes.

It’s an innovative landmark showcasing new technological achievements, while holding international summits and temporary exhibitions. Opened on September 2, there is clearly much to look forward to.

Small facts: The hall took on a metaverse feel during the World Artificial Intelligence Conference 2022 that ended earlier this month. At the site, visitors were encouraged to take a metaverse tour around the hall, relying on AI technology to draw their ideal spouse and even create their own virtual avatars, their digital representative in the metaverse.


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