Qinglongshan Park Multifunctional Hall / Southeast University School of Architecture + XÜK Workshop
Text description provided by the architects. Large-scale limestone mining in the early years left a magical landscape in Qinglongshan Park, and now it has become a unique landscape resource of Qinglongshan Park. With the help of unique topography and landforms, the Multifunctional Hall and the Waterfall Pavilion form an embrace and, together with the towering rocks to the west, control and shape the central spatial scene of the park. The unique building design reinforces the connection between city and landscape, man and nature.
The total area of the multifunctional hall is 7726 m², consisting of an exposed concrete mega-structure and a number of one-story frame houses wrapped in red terracotta panels. The prestressed concrete technology enables the span of the hall to be reached of 38.12 m. The three basketball court-sized courts in the hall are sunken 2.7m, forming a net height of 9m, which can meet the large space for exhibitions and ball games.
This movement also controls the height, proportion and scale of the building in the environment. The “digging” act of mining is replicated in the process – this time the goal is no longer to dig material out of the earth, but to gain space.
The slabs of light concrete and dark red terracotta represent the two types of local deposits that have long supported the production and life of the region – the limestone mines and the clay mines.
The juxtaposition of megastructures and ordinary one-story houses reflects the spatial phenomenon in the age of high-speed urbanization where different types of structures such as viaducts, bridges, residential buildings and office buildings are juxtaposed in towns. Here, the choice and combination of structural types and materials reinforce the urban character of the place.