Dalian International Convention Center

Updated: 20 Dec 2012
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“The architecture is a high-class complex of art”, said architecture master Liang Sicheng. Dalian International Convention Center is also a world-class complex of architecture art, as well as representative of local citizens’ love for their hometown.
 
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The design sketch of the Dalian International Convention Center

Designed by Austrian design team Coop Himmelblau, Dalian International Convention Center has been put into operation recently.
 
Coop Himmelblau, a pioneer of deconstructionism, has designed several of the worlds’ best-known buildings, such as BMW Welt in Munich and the European Central Bank building.
 
Wolfgang, one of architects in Coop Himmelblau, once said that “Dalian International Convention Center is comparable to the world’s best-known modern architecture, and will one day become one of the landmark buildings of the world.”
 
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The design sketch of the Dalian International Convention Center

According to Cui Yan, chief architect of the Dalian Architecture Design Institute, deconstructionist architecture is rare in China. In order to get an in-depth knowledge of deconstructionism, a Chinese design team was sent abroad to study it in depth.
 
Many steel-structure experts claimed that the structural design and construction difficulty of the convention center exceeded that of “Bird’s Nest” and “Water Cube” in Beijing. Dalian International Convention Center not only has a large comprehensive conference center and performance center, but it is also qualified to host the Davos meetings.
 
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The central grand theater of the Dalian International Convention Center

As for the appearance of the architecture, some say it looks like a seashell, while others say it’s more like a flying saucer. “There are a thousand Hamlets in a thousand people's eyes”, said Wolfgang. The surface of the convention center is made of 1, 00,000 pieces of aluminium plates.
 
Dalian International Convention Center covers an area of 4.3 hectares, with 146,800 square meters of construction area, measuring 59 meters in height. There are a total of 5 floors in the building, including an underground floor used as a garage and logistics service space.
 
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The appearance of the Dalian International Convention Center

The first floor is the great hall, while the second floor is a multi-media workshop, equipment room and comprehensive service area. The third floor of the building is a multi-functional hall with a capacity of up to 1,800 people, and 6 large and medium meeting rooms. On the fourth floor, there are 26 small meeting rooms, 2 multi-functional VIP halls and 2 multi-media meeting rooms.  In addition, in the central area of the second to fourth floor, there is a 1,650-seat grand theater.
 
SOURCE: WOD Team
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