Following three years of construction, Shenzhen International Convention and Exhibition Center (SZICEC), for which AUBE acted as the general design contractor, was completed on September 28 and a completion ceremony was held on the same day with the presence of leaders from CPC Shenzhen Municipal Committee and design partners.
Acclaimed as “the world’s largest city parlor”, SZICEC is strategically situated at the hinterland of the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area (GBA), the PRD Guangzhou-Shenzhen Technological Innovation Corridor, and the Convention and Exhibition New Town where the Shiziyang Bay and the Inner Lingdingyang Bay meet. The complex will serve as an important engine to enhance the deployment of the city’s Party Committee and government in GBA.
In February 2016, the consortium of VP (France) + AUBE won the international design competition for SZICEC. During the project implementation, AUBE acted as the general design contractor and worked in collaboration with over 30 design consultants. Adopting an integrated approach and benchmarking against internationally leading trade standards, the project team successfully tackled technical challenges like long-span steel structure, building fire control and MEP engineering, contributing significantly in realizing the project goal of “the first-class design, construction and operation”.
In the urban design proposal, a regional planning structure featuring one river (the Fuyong Haihe River), two belts (the Core Functional Belt, the Leisure Belt) and three areas (the West Bank, the East Bank and the South Bank) is proposed for the Convention and Exhibition Development District (CEDD). The goal is to make SZICEC a core industry to drive the development of the peripheral supporting areas, including the tertiary industry. The site planning structure comprises the SZICEC Island, SZICEC Town –Marine New Town – Garden Town Functional Axis, and the Mixed-use Leisure Belt. It meets the traffic requirements and offers transition and connection between SZICEC and the city. It also enhances the comprehensive development value of land along the Haihe River, maximizes the the efficiency of the land for convention and exhibition economy, which is typically known for its low input, high output, zero pollution and high return, and establishes an ecological and sustainable urban spatial framework.
With an indoor exhibition area of 500,000 square meters on a site of 1.48 million square meters, SZICEC will become the world’s largest convention and exhibition complex upon its full completion. The Phase I project is planned with a gross floor area of 1.6 million square meters, including an indoor exhibition area of about 400,000 square meters, on a site area of about 1.214 million square meters.
▼南入口立面，south entrance facade
▼鱼骨式主体建筑的规划格局，SZICEC features a fishbone layout
SZICEC features a fishbone layout. A 1.75-km-long central corridor links up two entrance lobbies, one reception hall and nineteen exhibition halls. With sixteen standard exhibition halls (20,000 m2 each), two multi-purpose ones (20,000 m2 each) and one oversized one (50,000 m2), SZICEC is a mega-sized convention and exhibition complex that integrates exhibitions, conventions, events (competitions & entertainment), catering, shopping, office and service. Thanks to an integrated modular structure layout, the complex can flexibly and effectively accommodate the professional operation of conventions and exhibitions while ensuring the project implementation within a short period of time. Also the multi-purpose exhibition spaces can be flexibly transformed to meet the future exhibition needs.
▼登录大厅主入口，main entrance of the entrance lobby
▼登录大厅外部幕墙，facade exterior view
▼南入口挑檐，cornice above the south entrance
For the nineteen exhibition halls in undulating forms, the single-curve spatial truss, which perfectly fits the building form, is planned as the basic structural unit to bear the loads and create the desired large exhibition spaces. The building adopts steel frame system for F2 and F3 roofing and spatial truss system for the upper curved roofs. The span measures 99 m inside exhibition halls and 42 m in between. The continuous structure system of truss and frame constitutes a consistent and clear building vocabulary that well reflect the strength and aesthetics of the built spaces.
▼标准展厅外立面， standard exhibition hall
▼流线型展厅立面，the nineteen exhibition halls in an undulating form
▼展厅桁架结构，the truss structure of the exhibition hall
For SZICEC, some explorations have been made in terms of green building design. With the application of fifty-two world-leading green building technologies and intelligent convention and exhibition ones, the project has obtained the two-star green building label in China.
▼登录大厅屋顶花园，roof garden of the entrance lobby
In fact, it has been the city’s aspiration to create an “exhibition new town” through its efforts on the world’s largest international convention and exhibition center. Around SZICEC, “three towns and one port”, namely the SZICEC Town, the Marine New Town, the Garden Town, and the Comprehensive Port, will be planned step by step. As the world’s largest single convention and exhibition complex, SZICEC will attract numerous Chinese and international exhibition firms to form an exhibition agglomeration, which in turn will help establish an innovative convention and exhibition ecosystem driven and underpinned by the exhibition halls, thus contribute significantly to the incoming and outgoing exhibition resources.
▼登录大厅幕墙，facade of the entrance lobby
From a special economic zone to a pilot demonstration zone, Shenzhen is given a new mission in the new era. As a “super urban landmark” in GBA, SZICEC will surely usher in a new era of convention and exhibition economy in the region.
▼北登录大厅二层平面图，plan level 2 of the north entrance lobby
▼南登录大厅二层平面图，plan level 2 of the south entrance lobby
▼标准展厅一层平面图，plan level 1 of the standard exhibition hall
设计总承包联合体：深圳市欧博工程设计顾问有限公司，Valode & Pistre architects
Client: Bureau of Industry and Information Technology of Shenzhen
Client’s Agent: Shenzhen Zhaohua International Exhibition Development Co., Ltd.
Design: AUBE + Valode & Pistre architects
Size: 1,600,000 m2
Indoor exhibition: 400,000 m2
Phase I Construction: September 2016 – September 2019