Text: HUANG KANGPEI, Astrid Schneider
PHOTO: LIU JINGDONG

Located at Zhuhai Shizimen CBD, the Zhuhai International Convention & Exhibition  Center (Zhuhai CEC) is only 10 minutes by car from Gongbei check-point, which  borders Macau. With the completion of the Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge, it  now takes only 30 minutes by car from Hong Kong. And it has become one of a  few large-scale multifunctional convention and exhibition complexes in China.

The convention and exhibition center has 1,245 rooms in total

Zhuhai CEC is a fully integrated facility featuring a convention and exhibition center  with high-end culinary services, a concert hall, an opera theater and three on-site
hotels offering a total of 1,245 rooms. Zhuhai CEC has a 4,500 m² column-free
and divisible Grand Ballroom which is equipped with a 4,000 m² kitchen capable of catering for round-table banquets of up to 6,000 people. In addition, the  Convention Wing has a 2,000 m² Plenary Hall, an Opera Theater, a Concert Hall and 35 meeting rooms.

Exhibition space of 30,000 m²

The Exhibition Wing has six exhibition halls at ground level, each of which has about 5,000 m² column-free and high-ceiling space. The entire exhibition floor space of  30,000 m² can accommodate 1,600 standard 3 m x 3 m booths.

  • IN 2015 THE PROJECT WON THE NATIONAL LUBAN PRIZE, THE TOP AWARD FOR CHINESE CONSTRUCTION PROJECTS.
  • DURING THE MANY TYPHOONS IN RECENT YEARS, ZHUHAI INTERNATIONAL CONVENTION AND EXHIBITION CENTER HAS EVEN BEEN OPEN TO THE PUBLIC AS AN EMERGENCY SHELTER.

The architectural ribbon by 10 Design

An architectural ribbon winds around the Zhuhai CEC, which was designed by  architect Gordon Affleck, formerly of RMJM and now with 10 Design. In places the ribbon lifts and opens to frame views and entrances, such as the formal entry to the convention and exhibition center. The organic form of the ribbon references the unique rock formations of the Zhuhai shoreline. LED lighting illuminates the design at night. It is one of its highlights and Gordon Affleck himself described the form as an emotional ribbon, like the warm embrace of a lover. It links the exhibition space, hotel and office buildings and other functions, making the entire complex one organic entity. The varied heights and the  spread-out layout add artistic vision to the stand-alone construction; meanwhile  it created challenges for roofing works.

Using Sarnafil roof system for its unique flexibility

After careful consideration, the owner and designer finally selected the Sika  Sarnafil PVC Roofing System. The roof build-ups consist of 1.5 mm Sika Sarnafil  PVC membrane (mechanically fastened), fireproof board plus a thermal insulation board of 0.3 mm PE vapor control layer and 0.8 mm aluminum galvanized  YX35-125-750 steel. When dealing with the geometric metal roof surface, a Sika Sarnafil PVC roofing system enables the architect to tailor the roof to any shape with its unique flexibility, without worrying about roof wind-uplift resistance and waterproofing issues. Sika’s mechanical fastened roofing system was designed according to the system engineering test following European Organization of  Technical Approvals (EOTA). Through a dynamic wind uplift test, the fastener  design load is defined under different testing parameters, and is used for roofing  system design.

Calculations for wind load

According to the system calculation for wind load, the roofing membrane and  insulation board were fastened to the substrate using fixing components. The  fasteners were fixed along the membrane edge, under the membrane overlap, and two membranes were hot-air welded to form a continuous watertight seam.

The Sarnafil roof survived a 185 km/h super typhoon

On August 23, 2017, the 13th typhoon “Super Hato” struck Zhuhai and made  landfall in the coastal region of the Jinwan District. The Meteorological Observatory  issued a typhoon red alert. The Defense Headquarters activated a municipal  anti-typhoon Class I emergency response. The storm surge brought by Hato raised  the water level in Hong Kong by about one to two meters. Hato reached its peak intensity with a sustained wind of 185 km/h near its center.

Proven safety and reliability

The Sika Sarnafil PVC roofing system on City Ribbon sustained and survived the great challenge of this grade 14 super typhoon. Only the power of Mother Nature can really prove the true safety and reliability of any roofing system.  

Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau give the Center a great outlook

Natural catastrophes aside, the future for the whole project has a positive outlook. Zhuhai CEC is strategically located at the Pearl Estuary with close proximity to  Guangdong, Hong Kong, and Macau. The overall development comprises an  approximate GFA of 980,000 m2. It is designated as the central core of the new Shizimen Central Business District, which has a total investment of over RMB 12  billion. It will further catalyze economic development, positioning the wider Hengqin region as Southern China’s primary financial center.

 

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