2020 GFD 🏆 Awards

Winner: Dachang National Palace by Shanghai ORIA Planning & Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

Dachang National Palace was initially built in 2015, which was designed by Academician Jingtang He. Both the clean shape combined with square and circle, the neat color, and the arch and geometric patterns abstracted from Islamic architectural language express the unique elegancy of the building.  

It is part of the renovation of Dachang National Palace, and functions of some venues will be redefined.

Winner- Global Future Design Awards 2020
Firm | Shanghai ORIA Planning & Architectural Design Co., Ltd.
Architect/Designer | Xuehui Hu
Category | Public Building Interior Concept
Team | Joe Ho, Jun Zhou, Chunzi Li, Linli Ye
Country |China
Photographer/Copyright | ©Shanghai ORIA Planning & Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

©Shanghai ORIA Planning & Architectural Design Co., Ltd.

Except for the round lecture hall in the central part, the rest of Dachang National Palace is divided into four functional areas A, B, C and D by the atrium and cross corridors. The renovation plan is to transform the 1st and 2nd floors of zone A into libraries; the 1st, 2nd and 3rd floors of zone B into Cultural Museum and Archives Museum, and the 1st floor of Zone D into Exhibition Museum.    

The Exhibition Museum is located on the 1st floor of zone D. In addition to the regular display of the exhibits, it will become a place for academic exchange, which will further promote the research of local culture,extend and maximize the functions of the museum. Although the exhibition space is fixed, different styles of exhibits will bring different atmosphere to the environment.

We use the arch colonnade as the space language. It corresponds to the structural form, and its unique spatial directivity naturally presents the visiting streamline, avoiding the sense of rigidity. At the same time, the space is divided by different colors of terrazzo floor. The overall tone is mainly white, and natural light is introduced through the unique geometric pattern of the building facade, giving whole space a softer look.  

The Archives Museum is located on the 1st floor of zone B, and the Cultural Center is located on the 2nd and 3rd floors of zone B. The Archive has exhibition hall area, open reading area, archives area, technical room; the Cultural Museum has activity area, learning area, working area, etc.   

Arch is still the main element in archives area. The large-span arch creates a solid sense of space. In terms of material selection, the combination of cement roll and wood veneer presents a comfortable and natural industrial style, but also reflects the heavy and rich of the history. In the cultural museum, the combination of arched doors and windows and curved ceiling makes the space flexible and vivid.                      

The library is located on the 1st and 2nd floors of Area A, which will meet the diversified reading needs of visitors.

Based on the positioning of the library, we emphasize the comfort and cozy of the space. The 1st and 2nd floors of the library are connected by wide wooden stairs, which can be used as bookshelves as well as relaxing space for readers. The arch structure with different directions and sizes express different rhythms, presenting visual shock and making the spatial scale more pleasant. The combination of daylighting through the facade and diffuse light on the top makes the room bright, suitable for reading.