PROJECT / Midwest Commodity Exchange Center
CLIENT / Maike Metal International Group
AREA / 320’000 ㎡
LOCATION / Xi’an China
AWARDS / IF Design Awards, GERMAN Design Awards, BEST OF YEAR AWARD,
APIDA Awards, INSIDE Awards, ICONIC Awards, FRAME AWARDS
Maike Metals Group (Maike) is one of China’s biggest non-ferrous metal suppliers and traders with the largest trading volume of copper cathode. As an industrial leader, Maike has invested 3billion RMB to build the Midwest Inland Port Financial Town, so far the largest metal trading platform in Asia. Located in the Xi’an International Trade and Logistics Park, the Financial Town is a modern trading and logistics platform that offers integrated transportation, warehousing, freight forwarding and information services.
The interiors are unconventionally designed in an open and tranquil style to underline the importance of the project as the first platform in Midwest China to fill the gap of continuous transactions of the actuals and highlight its endorsement of modern trading. A moderate approach was adopted throughout the overall logic of design as well as the selection of materials and functional elements in order to createa lasting visual appeal and enhance the completeness of this comprehensive project.
The completed design features a perfect combination of the luminous roof and the large-gridded digital walls that blurs the boundaries between reality and imagination, modern technology and the architecture itself, creating a surreal ambience for visitors to visualize future possibilities and technological advancements. The design also demonstrates Maike’s corporate value of pursuing a better future and the project’s essence as a strikingly admirable endeavor.
A steady and gentle interior lighting is achieved by adopting an outdoor illumination plan, casting the light through the three black metal pillars of different heights to the ceiling of the lobby and forming a diffuse reflection through the geodesic dome. The interior walls are covered with grids formed by tailor-made extruded aluminum sections of special dimensions melded with LED P60 electronic display units and sealed with a translucent resin coating to soften the brightness of the information display on the grids. The grids with information display have formed a new structure and interior façade. The linear sections are complex enough to hide the display units from our sight and greatly reduce the excessive sound reflection in the lobby, impressing visitors with a vision of the future technology.
In usual cases, the core structure of a building sets clear boundaries of the interior façade, the ceiling and the floor. In designing this project, however, HALLUCINATE has intentionally abandoned this conventional approach in pursuing softer boundaries between the three dimensions to enable a smooth, undisrupted visual sight from the floor all up to the ceiling. The structures of different directions are put together through the linear lights produced behind the walls, offering a lively visual effect that is completely different from the rigid perception of a core structure. The DuPont Corian solid surface materials are used for the core structure, seamlessly integrating the whole structure like a single-piece product to offer an exquisite and magnificent impression.
In the lecture hall, the ceiling comes in the shape of folded paper to reduce sound reflections and avoid excessive light onto the presentation screen. The seats arranged in a tilted and asymmetrical way echo the irregular shapes of the ceiling and enable a convenient entry and exit for the users.