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Old February 12th, 2012, 01:59 PM   #101
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2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Conservatory Building

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Old February 12th, 2012, 02:39 PM   #102
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What is the planned use after the exhibition?
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Old February 23rd, 2012, 06:17 PM   #103
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Qingdao's marine projects win national awards
2012-02-22
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Qingdao was involved in 14 science and technology awards at a high-profile annual ceremony held in Beijing, to honor excellent scientists and research achievements on Feb 14. Qingdao brought home more awards than any other city in Shandong province.

Qingdao's marine projects stood out in all 14 awards. The project for key technologies and applications for the testing of oceanographic instruments and working foundation platforms was awarded the second-grade National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology. The project was led by Dr. Wu Dexing, president of the Ocean University of China (OUC).

The Qingdao-based OUC has won national science and technology awards for six consecutive years.

The world's longest cross-sea bridge, Jiaozhou Bay Bridge that opened last July, was on the list of the second-grade "National Technological Invention Award". This award is related to the technology of underwater concrete boxed cofferdam without bottoms. These not only saved 160 million yuan ($25.44 million) for the project, but also shortened the construction period.

Furthermore, the core part of this advanced technology has been applied in the world's largest "Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge" project, according to a local report.

Haier Group won the first prize for "Enterprise Technological Innovation Project", showing that enterprises in Qingdao have made great breakthroughs in research.

The team led by academician Xie Lixin, who created a new theory and technical application for the deadly infectious keratitis, was honored as another second-grade "National Prize for Progress in Science and Technology" for Qingdao city.
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Old April 11th, 2012, 05:01 AM   #104
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Construction for 2014 Qingdao Horticultural Expo in full-swing
2012-04-09
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A mobilization ceremony was held last week to kick off the 300-day construction of the exhibition and park area of the 2014 Qingdao International Horticultural Expo (QIHE).

"The preparatory work of the expo was given social support and we intend to host a world-class horticultural event featuring Chinese fashion, Shandong elements and Qingdao brands," said Wang Jianxiang, Qingdao vice-mayor and the executive director general of the QIHE Executive Committee. He called on all participants to "race against time, take part in every duty and strive for excellence" to ensure the site construction runs smoothly.

Major infrastructure work is expected to be finished by the end of the year, including the roadbed construction, pipeline installment, dam, gully and other water system management projects, and the planting of decorative woody plants. The preparatory team is required to make significant progress in constructing the themed pavilions and other structures, accomplishing their goal for the exhibitor marketing.

Located at the Baiguo Mountain Forest Park of Qingdao, the 2014 World Horticultural Expo will be held from April to October 2014, attracting an estimated 1.2 million visitors.

Li Fengli, secretary-general of the QIHE Execution Committee, said that the event will be another significant result after the city successfully held the Sailing Regatta of the Beijing Olympics in 2008.

"Qingdao will present the world with its ocean elements and international event organization standards as an Olympic city," Li told China Daily.

More than 40 foreign exhibitors are expected to participate. Last week the organizing committee signed a contract with Pattaya, Thailand. The contract made Pattaya the first overseas exhibitor. Brest, Qingdao's sister city in France confirmed its participation in an official letter released on March 21.

"We will execute the construction plan on a 24-7 schedule with several shifts in the next 300 days," Li said.

The major part of the park is built on a hill, which brings greater challenges to the construction team. "But the final effect of the park will surprise visitors with a splendid undulating landscape and varieties," Li added.
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Old June 22nd, 2012, 01:47 AM   #105
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World Horticultural Expo Pavilion / UNStudio + !Melk

Architect: UNStudio
Landscape Architect: !Melk Landscape Architecture
Location: Qingdao, China
Client: Office of 2014 Qingdao World Horticultural Expo Executive Committee
Building site: 35.000m2
Program: Main Expo Pavilion with integrated Landscape Design
Status: Awarded Competition

For the International Horticultural Expo 2011 in Xi’an, we followed the design, construction and completion of Plasma Studio’s geometric design that extended from the grounds into the water. Currently, Qingdao, a major city in the Shandong province of Eastern China, is preparing for the 2014 Expo under the thematic notion “Let life walk into nature.” The event, which will be held from April through October, will feature three different pavilions (a theme pavilion, plant pavilion and garden culture center) and seven different themed areas that will display local horticulture and allow visitors to experience international gardens, such as displays from Europe, America and Oceania. The focal point of the Expo will be marked by a 28,000 m2 thematic pavilion designed by UNStudio and !Melk Landscape Architecture. The design focuses on the relationship between Science and Nature, using scientific achievement as a source of inspiration to “communicate the essential generative and structural principles of nature through architectural gesture,” explained the firm.

The Theme Pavilion will include a Main Expo Hall, a Performance Hall, Conference Center, and a Media Center. As the focal point of the masterplan, the pavilion must fuse the different elements of the exhibition into a cohesive whole. To do so, local vegetation will create different experiences to reference the seven themed areas of the larger exposition. In order to provide framework to the open spaces between the buildings, !Melk designed seven landscape-”patterns” inspired by microscopic or molecular geometries which represent the core essence of the seven themes. Such patterns are fully composed integrated landscapes that merge the varying themes together in a functional and educational manner.

The pavilion also acknowledges the two bodies of water extending North and South of the pavilion site, and the ‘Rainbow Ribbons’, which permeate the entire surrounding landscape as pedestrian bridges and meet at the Celebration Square.

Most importantly, the design seeks to balance the notion of building and landscape as the landscape will form a continuous entity, softly enveloping the buildings and dissolving their connection to the ground. The roofscape, articulated to respond to the dominant skyline of the mountains, are envisioned as elevated landscaped plateaus, each addressing a different portion of the masterplan with its inclination and terracing, providing panoramic views which extend far into the surrounding landscape.

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Such a cool design for the upcoming Horticultural Expo...
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Old July 6th, 2012, 11:33 AM   #107
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Qingdao Grand Theatre

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Location: Qingdao, Shandong, China
Design Team: Meinhard von Gerkan, Stephan Schütz, Nicolas Pomränke
Project Year: 2010
Project Area: 60,000 sqm
Photographs: Christian Gahl

he Grand Theater is situated on the eastern side of the city of Qingdao between a bay in the Yellow Sea and Mount Laoshan (1,130m above sea level). Because of the unique situation of the massif directly by the sea, the Laoshan ridge is often wreathed in clouds, which gives the landscape a unique, often mystical, setting.

The style of the building relates to the mentioned natural spectacle, with the massif and the lightness of the clouds reflected in the appearance of the Grand Theater. It rises from the landscape like a mountain — a cloud-like roof seems to wreathe the four buildings. The raised terraces in the surrounding park are reminiscent of a mountain plateau, and take their bearings both from the sea and the mountains.

In addition to the opera house a concert and a multifunction hall as well as a media center and a hotel are integrated into the complex.

The foyer of the opera house offers direct views of the sea. Audiences can enter the auditorium on two levels, either via the lower level, giving access to the large cloakrooms and the lower circle, or via the main foyer.

The walls and floor of the foyer are clad with local stone, which emphasizes the affinity of the building with the mountain.


















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Beautiful building! I really like those smooth lines in the interior and exterior of the building.
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Tourists visit the Zhanqiao Pier in Qingdao, east China's Shandong Province, Nov. 8, 2012. The Zhanqiao Pier at the southern shore of Qingdao was built in 1892. It will receive an overhaul next spring. The 440-meter-long strip pier stretches into the sea and was the first wharf of Qingdao. (Xinhua/Huang Jiexian)
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Aedas design new facility for cultural arts and sports in Qingdao

Qingdao Chengyang Cultural Arts & Sports Center is located on the eastern portion of the district’s existing cultural plaza. The crystal-like building massing creates a multidimensional interaction with the surrounding street façades and helps to shape the public activity on the plaza. At the same time, the massing and landscape concept serves to extend the central axis from the existing cultural plaza in order to produce a seamless spatial connection and unified civic space.

The dynamic geometry of the theater and stadium seek to establish an entirely new city image with unique public spaces that reflect the variety and dynamism of local urban life. Local stones have been utilised to create a layered façade concept that adds a sense of depth and place to the project.

The concept for the museum and archive is inspired by Qingdao’s unique history that blends traditional Chinese values with the influence of Western ideals brought to China over the past few centuries. The building form and spatial quality draws on Qingdao’s distinctive vernacular architecture which represents this blend of East and West.

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Chinese deep-sea base to start operation in 2014

QINGDAO, Jan. 22 (Xinhua) -- Construction on a national deep-sea base will begin in May 2013 in east China's Shandong province and will be completed by the end of 2014, local authorities said Tuesday.

The deep-sea base is expected to go into operation by the end of 2014, said Liu Feng, director of the National Deep Sea Center based in the coastal city of Qingdao.

"A series of facilities, including wharfs, a deep-sea equipment maintenance workshop and large-scale experimental pools, as well as oceanaut training facilities, will be put into use by then," Liu said.

Located in Aoshanwei township in the city of Jimo under the jurisdiction of Qingdao, the deep-sea base's poor accessibility and living conditions will make it difficult to attract talent, Liu said.

The base will not only be a ground support station for the Jiaolong manned submersible, but will also act as an operations platform for large-scale deep-sea equipment, according to Liu.

The base will also serve as a multi-functional institution that will aid China in its study and exploration of the ocean, Liu added.

The construction of the base was approved by the State Council, or China's cabinet, in January 2007.
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Spanish architects RTA-Office reveals mixed-use scheme with references to local beer

A mixed-use complex which references a famous Chinese beer is to be constructed in the city of Qingdao, China. The project, entitled the Nanjing Road Mixed-Use Area, has been designed by Spanish architectural firm RTA-Office in collaboration with Tengyuan Design Institute Company and features a 128m-high boutique hotel, as well as residential, commercial and office space.

Covering an area of 200,000 sq m, the complex will occupy an entire block of Qingdao and will be completed in five years. Talking about the choice to reference Tsingtao beer, the most famous beer brand in China, the firm commented: “The beer is a very popular element, something that is part of the identity of the city, that the local user can easily remember and that has enough power to attract the people’s attention.

“We wanted to take advantage of the popularity of the beer in order to create a project that becomes a landmark in the city, something that everybody will know as the ‘project of the beers’. Although the concept is very iconic, the truth is that the project does not pretend to reproduce pints of beer, it uses the volumetry and the colours of the beer as a reference.”

The design also encompasses a series of walkways between the various buildings, and features a four-storey high ‘podium’ which connects some of the buildings and contains commercial spaces.

Attention has also been paid to the colour scheme, with the towers in various shades of orange and yellow, and the differing angular shapes of the towers to give 'a touch of elegance and warmth to the complex', according to RTA-Office. Founded by Santiago Parramón, the firm has been expanding its presence in China, having also recently designed the Qingdao Innovation Park in China.

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Designed by EE&K a Perkins Eastman Company, their proposal for the Qingdao Harborfront Redevelopment project was recently awarded a 2013 Urban Design Honor Award by the American Institute of Architects (AIA) New York Chapter. The Harborfront occupies 26 hectares of former maritime/industrial uses in Downtown Qingdao, facing Jiaozhou Bay, and represents the anchor redevelopment for the city’s waterfront revitalization initiative. With the relocation of commercial port activities across the bay, antiquated docklands and shipyards throughout Downtown are now poised to become new mixed-use communities that will re-unite residents with their waterfront. More images and architects’ description after the break.

In addition to new commercial and residential development as well as new infrastructure, the project will include a multi-modal transit hub – a substantial contribution to the city-wide transportation network – that will be situated beneath a new public park overlooking the water. Selected structures and conditions at the existing site will be transformed from “liabilities” to public assets.

Examples include the former Dry Dock, to be preserved in its original location and converted into a water inlet and marina within one of several public plazas; a number of ship building cranes will be decommissioned and preserved as historical artifacts; and several warehouses and similarly large facilities will be renewed as waterside retail, restaurant, and nightlife destinations. These important preservation and adaptive reuse efforts are a remembrance and celebration of the city’s maritime/industrial past, and bring a measure of historical continuity to the new neighborhoods of Qingdao Harborfront.

This plan unites three disparate sites into one cohesive and sustainable waterfront community, while establishing a distinctive character for each. Zhongdao and Nandao will comprise multiple mixed-use neighborhoods, while Tuandao will serve as a recreational marine park facing the East China Sea. All three are linked by a continuous waterfront edge, a 30-meter setback zone that forms a generous pedestrian esplanade.

This winning project, alongside other winners, will be recognized at the annual Design Awards Luncheon on April 17. The Design Awards Exhibition, presenting all winning work, will open at the Center for Architecture, at 536 LaGuardia Place in New York, on April 18, 2013.



















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Architects: CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS
Location: Qingdao, China
Architect In Charge: Mr. Wouter Bolsius
Area: 5000.0 sqm
Year: 2010
Photographs: Courtesy of CONTEXTURE ARCHITECTS


ere on plot A6 there has been created the perfect combination of the liveliness of the city with its nice small boutiques and terraces on the one hand, and the relaxation of the national park with its beautiful trees and immense green area for strolling, on the other hand. Therefore two urban blocks have been formed around green courtyards which are attached to the mountain park.

Instead of making apartment towers as solitary objects we try to make enjoyable urban spaces: streets, squares and courtyards. On two sides of the green central axis square which leads to the mountain park, low apartment blocks have been situated which form an intimate square with terraces belonging to the coffee shops and small restaurants which are located on the ground floor. Near the Hefei road the block has been set back and thus also creates a large square which ascends slowly and has various levels.

The mountain park, the city natural oxygen bar, which is the greatest quality of this location “rolls” down to the Hefei road; the green courtyards with wild grasses are the extension of the park while even on roadside above the commercial spaces, trees are planted. the greenery extends to every corner of the site. Of course the apartments all have good sight on the green park and the mountain but some special ones, have the perfect orientation on this side. These larger apartments are facing the park with complete living and dining room and terraces so they can experience and enjoy optimal sun and view.

Everywhere in China in new housing development projects one can see the repetition of identical units both vertically as horizontally. There is much uniformity. Here, in plot A6, a new strategy has been followed: the blocks have been brought back into hierarchy and the houses have been individualized. This has been done in order to bring back human scale in the living environment of the big city life and to make a agreeable and understandable place to live. By distinguishing three levels of perception, the large buildings become of a acceptable and even tactile scale.

The first, largest scale level is that of the city, here we can experience individual towers, as identities, from large distance. So, from a distance a range of dissimilar towers can be seen on the highest level of the plot. These “identities” protrude from the building ensemble and are materialized in 3 different kinds of grey plasterwork, from light to dark.

Then , secondly, there is the scale level which still has contact with people on the ground floor, the stories up to the eight, nine floors. This in fact the height where one becomes detached from earth activities. This middle level is also made visible in the design by materialization which reminds us of the natural stone in the historical German architecture in Qingdao. A kind of “city wall” which reminds of the natural stone base of the historical architecture and colors a bit yellow, the most well known color in Qingdao.

The last scale level is the one on the ground and first floor, which consists of the commercial spaces. This is the place where one can actually touch the building and has the closest perception of things. Therefore materials here are fine and small and there is much detail in the facade.

A separate and guarded community road which is only strictly accessible for residents, gives access to the apartment buildings. A safe and quiet living environment can thus be created. In order to have the most comfortable situation it has been made possible to park under the green courtyard from where one can directly enter the apartment building.

All apartments have been designed in order to have the optimal effective use of the space. And at the same time all effort has been made to have a spatial relation between the different rooms which enlarges the apartment.

In block 7, 10 and 11 on each of the sixteen floor we find four apartments of around 90 m2 area being accessed from the elevator hall. They all have a comfortable living room which is in open connection with the dining area. The closed kitchen is situated right next to this. The apartments consist of two bedrooms and one/two terraces, while the kitchen and bathroom of course can open to outside for fresh ventilation. There are two bathrooms for the end units. There is much variation in the higher floors and in the facades. The loose location and the specific orientation secure nice views of both park, courtyard as well as city.

Block 8 and 9 are the two relative low building blocks flanking the green axis square leading to the entrance of Shuangshan park. Here we find larger apartments, 120 m2 each and only two apartments per floor are being accessed from the escalator hall. The extra space gives them three bedrooms and two terraces. Here also the living room is connected with dining area which is in close relation to the closed kitchen. The kitchen and two bathroom also here can open to the outside. Although all apartments have good orientation and sunlight access, the gables looking at the Hefei road are particularized, they also have a interesting view at the square and the Hefei road.

On the west-south edge of the plot large apartments of 160 m2 have been created. These special ones have complete focus on the mountain park and are in fact the most luxurious available units. Their living area and dining room make one big space which is completely related with the park, on the long side of the space they have glass walls which gives fantastic vies on the greenery. Next to this they consist of three sleeping rooms, one study room, two bathrooms and two terraces.

City feeling is about vitality and dynamics while country side best can be associated with calmness and unity. In the A6 project we have expressed both and made different forms by using only few materials and colors and by making the details as abstract as possible. Plasterwork, tiles, aluminum and glass are the main materials we chose to achieve this. As noted before we find it important that the resident can simply distinguish his or her house and can easily point out where one settles. Creating one’s own place to live instead of being part of an anonymous mega structure is the message. Still it remains to be our task to create order and context in the built environment, therefore we have sought a delicate balance between richness of expression and clearness of simple forms and volumes.

The landscape design for the inner courtyards is based upon the contrast with the street and the urban space. Our idea is to make an organic landscape in the courtyard where one does not experience the high buildings but presumes to be in the mountain park . Therefore high hedges have been planned together with covering trees and wild grasses. As green and informal as can be in contrast with the straight forms of the stone buildings.









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Coastal city greens up its act for horticulture event
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BEIJING, April 25 (Xinhuanet) -- As host, it is striving to be symbol of smart ecology

The ideals of ecology will be seen in every single tree, road and building, said Li Qun, Party chief of Qingdao, the host city of the 2014 International Horticultural Expo.

Six years after hosting the Olympic and Paralympic sailing events, the city will once again be the focus of the world's attention as the first Chinese coastal city to host an international horticultural expo.

The event will be a people-oriented gala integrating ecological concepts and world-class standards, said Li.

"The expo will be a presentation of harmony between human and nature," he said. "Gardening technologies and approaches will be showcased as much as possible to allow the visitors to interact with nature and get inspiration from it."

Under the theme "From the earth, for the Earth", the expo will be held in a venue covering an area of more than 240 hectares, beside which is a 55-hectare business and service district known as the Expo Village.

The venues are projected to be complete by October, and trial operations will begin at that time.

Expo planners are taking special care to preserve the city's natural beauty, cultural heritage and biodiversity, according to the local government.

The organizers said that they have paid attention to preserving natural resources and landscapes in the process of construction and used modern technologies to restore environments that had been previously damaged.

The restoration includes the famous tourism resort of the Laoshan Mountains.

Known for its high-quality granite, the place used to be home to many quarries, and the economy of many local villages was highly dependent on the stone business. But years of over-exploitation has resulted in heavy damage to the environment.

So, the government has taken measures to "repair the mountains in a natural way".

"We have taken too much from nature, and now it is time to pay back," said Li Fengli, secretary-general of the expo's executive committee.

A special concrete mixed with seeds is paved on the slopes to guarantee the strength of the surface of the mountains while the grass and bushes grow.

"We are repairing the environment in a natural way," said Li. "We have actually done much to make it look like we have done nothing at all."

There are also green technologies inside the venues.

With the help of mirrors, sunlight is introduced to places that it could not reach directly. Rainwater will be collected and reused. A unique power generation system is employed, using natural gas to generate electricity and simultaneously produce heating and cooling.

Many devices using solar power or recycled energy can also be seen in the venues.

Special bricks are used to pave the roads, which look solid but allow water to filter down very fast when it rains.

The architecture at the venues is "grown, rather than built", because most of it has been covered with vegetation, said the secretary-general.

"It doesn't look like just steel plus concrete," he said.

He also said that the eco-friendly concept that the expo represents can help accelerate the economic development of the region, especially in terms of infrastructure improvement.

Where the main venues stand today used to be backward villages without running water or sewage treatment systems, nor did they have gas and heat. But the expo has changed the situation rapidly, allowing the local people to transit from being villagers to urban residents and enjoy improvements to their quality of life.
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Qingdao's landmark pier damaged in storm surge

QINGDAO, May 28 (Xinhua) -- The landmark pier of east China's port city of Qingdao has been partially damaged by a storm surge, local authorities said Tuesday.

A 50-meter-long section of the Zhanqiao Pier, a famous scenic spot in Qingdao, collapsed early Monday morning, sources with the publicity office of the Qingdao municipal government said.

No casualties have been reported so far, the sources said.

Following some rescue work, local police closed the pier and repair plans are being discussed.

A rainstorm battered the coastal city on Sunday. Local meteorologists and hydrologists with the North China Sea Branch of the State Oceanic Administration said they believe the collapse was triggered by a high tide and continuous huge waves offshore.

Located on the north side of Qingdao Bay, the strip pier stretching into the sea was initially constructed in 1892. It was the first man-made military loading pier in the port city and currently serves as a landmark building and tourist attraction in Qingdao.

The pier has been seriously damaged three times, most recently in 1985. It has not seen any major repair work since the Qingdao municipal government launched an overhaul of the pier in 1998.
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