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Destination Design | One of the fastest growing areas on the planet is China’s Bin Hai New Area. Twenty years ago, China focused its considerable energy on building Shenzhen and Guangzhou. Ten years ago, Shanghai’s Pudong district went through a similar period of growth, and is now home to some of the world’s finest architecture. More recently, China has focused its energies on the Bin Hai New Area. Located on the edge of the Bohai Bay in Tianjin, and just a forty-five minute train ride from Beijing, the focus of the area’s development is the TEDA economic development area.

In the heart of TEDA a block of towers is under construction, including one that will be the world’s third tallest. Twenty to thirty-thousand people will visit or work on this block each working day. The entry experience most will experience will not be the grand lobbies of the towers, but instead the system of tunnels that lead to the underground parking structures.

BTA was contracted by the TEDA government to design the entry canopies and interior skins of those entry tunnels. BTA’s concept has two major features. First, the tunnel entries. BTA designed a light, flowing, cloud like entry canopy evocative of movement and motion. At night, color changing lights give the canopies an altogether different character, and their quality of movement is enhanced.

Our design of the tunnels themselves had two primary goals. First, as with the canopies, our design, a series of liquid, flowing bands of color, evokes movement and energy. Second, along with creating an entry experience for towers, our work is intended to help orient people in the two and a half kilometer long system of tunnels. Our concept, the four seasons, which also relate in China to the four points of the compass, are expressed in both the colors of the seasons and a series of two-dimensional icons evocative of those seasons.

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LOCATION: TEDA, Tianjin, China

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