Aluminium wave

Lacime Architects presents a large multi-use exhibition area called "Shimao -the Wave" in China.
20 August, 2020
An unusual wave-inspired design of the building was created using parametric solutions, high-quality materials such as aluminium and the latest BIM (Building Information Modeling) technology.

Located in Tianjin close to the beach, the art museum diffuses with the surrounded water and its form resembles the shape of a wave or a big drop, creating a connection between the building and nature. It rises above the ground, becoming a significant landmark.

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While the entire exhibition area is divided into 3 functional areas: the Wave (art museum), an outdoor theater and the public space, each area is connected with the surrounding beach. It is a "diversified land that integrates entertainment, edutainment and culture".

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Parametric design was used to create the aluminium skin of the building - precise arrangement of the scale-shaped aluminum plates allows the façade to reflect the sunlight from different angles throughout the day, while a pool around the building serves as a big mirror and casts diffused light onto the metallic façade. The cladding is even more unique because BIM technology was used to allocate all aluminium parts, which enables more than 13 thousand pieces of aluminum plate to fit perfectly on the outer space of the building and delivers a rhythmical upward spiral texture. Thanks to the material and design-solutions used, an incredible balance in efficient heat insulation and appropriate daylighting was achieved. All the electromechanical devices are concealed underground, and the roof and building skin make up an integrated design.
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According to the Designboom , "from the ceiling fabric, patterned glass screen, to the transparent floor-to-ceiling windows, the interior is also created to represent the element of water. The first-floor hall is a round space, and light beams begin to stream down from the dark space. The lobby is designed with a mixture of 'water' curtain and stainless steel, which offers a quiet visual-tactile experience. The second-floor is installed with a huge glass curtain wall, 8 meters at its highest, which helps bring in natural light and sea views while breaking down the boundary between indoor and outdoor spaces"

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