The Guangzhou International Cultural Center (GICC) is designed with a holistic attitude in mind, in which architecture, engineering, environmental, functional and technological principles respond to each other to create a timeless landmark. The building offers a place for human interaction in a tower campus comprised of a plaza, underground arcade connected to the subway station, lobby, multi-level bookstore, sky lobby, and sky club. The goal is to achieve harmony and dilute the boundaries between public and private space. The concept strives for urban openness, physical and spiritual connectivity, simplicity in the organization of functions, clarity in the use of materials and systems, and efficient use of space and resources. GICC is anchored by a logical and efficient core with
a podium defined by the bookstore that showcases the work of the client and offers Guangzhou a vibrant cultural destination. The form and shape are driven by the idea that knowledge sharing is essential to the formation of culture and that culture makes people understand each other better. The articulation of the building form as a peak also allows for a series of terraces with breathtaking views of the city. They create a dynamic tension between the culmination of the building in a peak and the resolution of the building as an ideal rectangular form. The stepping form creates a unique relationship between the lobby and the stepped terraces at the base of the building in order to give the entire object a sense of cohesion across its large scale.
SOUTHERN PUBLISHING & MEDIA COMPANY
GUANGZHOU DESIGN INSTITUTE, RBS ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN ASSOCIATES, SOUTH CHINA UNIVERSITY OF TECHNOLOGY, RFR