Built for the 2014 Youth Olympic Games held in Nanjing, China, from Aug. 16 to 28, the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Center is statement architecture for a city experiencing significant growth. The six-story center, designed by London-based Zaha Hadid Architects, combines multipurpose conference rooms with a 505-seat concert hall, a 2,181-seat convention hall, banquet facilities, and support areas. These functions are contained within a series of curvaceous forms representative of a signature style employed by the design firm that is engaging architecturally, but challenging in terms of uniformity of light distribution.
for pre-set scenes.
In the conference center’s main spaces, GSDI adapted the LED-backlit panels to fit hyper-localized ceiling-to-surface conditions, and in the concert hall, GSDI varied aperture sizes of round downlights. Both approaches allow the lighting to mimic the parametric flow of the spaces with energetic luminaire patterning that complements and emphasizes the architecture into which it is embedded.
Project: Nanjing International Youth Cultural Center, Nanjing, China • Client: Nanjing Hexi New Town Construction Headquarters • Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects, London • Lighting Designer: Grand Sight Design International, Hong Kong • Team Members: YanZhi Wang, XinYu Huang, Ron Chow, George Ren • Photographer: Shu He Architectural Photography Studio • Project Size: 2.088 million square feet • Project Cost: 4 billion RMB ($644.1 million) • Lighting Cost: 15 million RMB ($2.4 million) • Watts per Square Foot: 1.34 • Code Compliance: GB-50034-2013 • Manufacturers: CDN Lighting, Dongguan GuoNeng Energy Saving Technology Co., Shenzhen Tops Lighting Technology Co.
• It’s impressive that they could execute that level of detail on such a grand scale. • The lighting supports the dynamic nature of the architecture’s fluid forms.