new cultural tourism center in china designed as shapeshifting, frozen ice cubes

The xinxiang cultural tourism center in china plays on scale and translucency.

with its out-of-scale volume, the xinxiang cultural tourism center in  china  sits as an architectural icon of the new tourism district in the city that will be dedicated to winter sports. led by architects qiang zou and mathieu forest, the project hopes to create a solid urban indicator that unites the whole district and attracts local and regional visitors. 

the unusual design merges nine architectural blocks shaped as ‘ice cubes’ that superpose and are offset from one another – representing the general theme of the leisure district. this straightforward appearance becomes more subtle and complex as one approaches the building thanks to glass façades featuring many tangled and translucent ice crystals that filter the light and view from the interior. ‘ it is a question of hiding – while showing – to provoke mystery and the desire to approach. the ice crystals capture the light and give it back. the building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice,’  state the architects.

leveraging perspective to create a shape-shifting volume

elaborating on that visual play, zou and forest shaped the sculptural center in such a way as to be perceived differently according to each angle of discovery. from the commercial street to the west, the upper cube shifts to the side, cantilevering 34m above the ground to mark the end of the perspective. from the south, the composition is more balanced to match the calm ambiance of the lake. from the north, the primary pedestrian access, the cubes come closer together to form a 34m vertical gap that invites visitors to enter the center. the upper cube, more transparent in nature and suspended in the sky, houses a place of contemplation and relaxation. 

the team successfully realized that otherwordly quality thanks to a unique choice of material: printed glass panels make up the façades, while stainless steel cables and connections bind the panels together – creating a minimal design that evokes both fragility and solidity.  you can view zou’s works  here  and forest’s  here . 

a lighthouse that rises above surrounding buildings

beside highlighting a play of fragility and solidity, the glass panels also convert the center into an architecture of light. the translucent façades effectively capture natural lighting in all its varieties – according to the time of day, the seasons, and weather. sometimes bright white under the sun, foggy under cloudy weather, or even frosted under certain lights, the building appears to change its appearance with time continually. 

on the other hand, by collaborating with lighting firm PROL, the xinxiang cultural tourism center turns into a lighthouse that seemingly rises above surrounding buildings. ‘ at night, the façades are fully illuminated and light up the surroundings. the building radiates a uniform glow that irresistibly catches the eye and prevents a direct view of the interiors ,’ shares the team.

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name:  ice cubes / xinxiang cultural tourism center location:  xinxiang, china completion year: 2021 client:  henan rongshou xinchuang culture and tourism real estate co. ltd. gross floor area (GFA): 10,000sqm architecture:   zone of utopia , mathieu forest architecte lead architects: qiang zou, mathieu forest structure: arup group limited landscape architecture: hassell shanghai  interior design: WUZ DESIGN curtain wall: EDUTH lighting: PROL photography: arch-exist

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ice cubes cultural tourist center

Zone of Utopia + Mathieu Forest Architecte : The Xinxiang Cultural Tourism Center is the architectural icon of the new tourism district, which will be dedicated to winter sports, including the presence of the future indoor ski slope.

The entire district, with its exceptional facilities and shops, will attract many visitors from the city and the surrounding regions.

The ambition of the project is to create a strong urban indicator that unites the whole district. The project does not look like a classic building – it is not possible to figure out the number of floors. It is a sculpture out of scale, a pure and monumental volume.

SIMPLICITY / COMPLEXITY

There are nine ice cubes superposed and offset from each other, representing the general theme of the leisure district.

This simple appearance becomes subtle and complex as one approaches - The texture of the glass facades is composed of a multitude of tangled translucent ice crystals that filter the light and the vision from the interior. It is a question of hiding - whilst showing - to provoke mystery and the desire to approach.

The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. The building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice.

FRAGILITY / SOLIDITY

This massive appearance is made exclusively of printed glass and steel. No supporting structure is visible. The glass panels of the facades are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections. From close, it is a lace.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

INSTANT / ETERNITY

The building is representing an architecture in the form of light. The facades capture the light of the sky, which varies according to the time of day, the season and the weather. Sometimes bright white, under the sun; the building becomes vaporous by cloudy weather, frosted even under certain lights, it reflects the sun and the clouds which become visible on the texture of frost. The building continually changes its appearance with time.

It is a sculpture conceived according to each angle of discovery. An assembly of superposed cubes, each one of about 17 meters in height, it is never perceived in the same way depending on where the visitor is standing.

From the commercial street to the west, the upper cube shifts to the side, cantilevering 34m above the ground to mark the end of the perspective. From the south, the composition is more balanced, to face the calmness of the lake.

From the north, which is the main pedestrian access, the cubes come closer together to form a 34-meter vertical gap that invites the visitor to enter inside.

The upper cube, more transparent, is a transparent crystal and houses a place of contemplation and relaxation, suspended in the sky.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

A LIGHTHOUSE

By day and by night, it is a lighthouse that rises above the surrounding buildings. It‘s light attracts visitors and creates a landmark for the entire neighborhood.

At night, the facades are fully illuminated and light up the surroundings. The building radiates a uniform glow that irresistibly catches the eye and prevents a direct view of the interior life.

At the top, the Sky Lounge allows to observe the landscape in 360 degrees.

PRESENCE OF WATER

It is also the continuity of the presence of water and the lake, on which the building seems to float. A metaphoric work of ice cubes transformed to a liquid state creates a pleasant and serene environment.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

By Liliana Alvarez

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  • Zone of Utopia
  • Mathieu Forest Architecte
  • Henan Rongshou Xinchuang Culture and Tourism Real Estate Co. Ltd.
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  • Zone of Utopia + Mathieu Forest Architecte
  • Mathieu FOREST
  • WANG Zhuang
  • Arnaud MAZZA
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Zone of Utopia Architecture and Mathieu Forest Architecte designed the Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Center in Xinxiang, China.

The center serves as the district’s architectural highlight and will be home to a future indoor ski slope as well as other winter sports facilities. The project’s goal is to develop a potent urban indicator that unites the entire district. The construction does not resemble a traditional structure. It is a gigantic, clean sculpture that is out of proportion.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

Nine ice cubes are superimposed and offset from one another to depict the leisure district’s overall motif. As one approaches, its straightforward appearance becomes nuanced and intricate. Numerous tangled translucent ice crystals that filter light and vision from the inside make up the texture of the glass façade. It is important to conceal things while yet being visible in order to arouse curiosity and the want to approach. The light is captured and returned by the ice crystals. The structure appears to emit the light it receives in the manner of an inhabited mass of ice.

Steel and printed glass are the only materials used to create this massive appearance. No evident support is present. The façade’ glass panels are held in place by stainless steel cables and basic steel connections.

The sky’s light, which varies depending on the time of day, the season, and the weather, is captured by the façade. The building is occasionally dazzling white in direct sunlight; in foggy conditions, it becomes vaporous and frosted even in certain lighting, reflecting the sun and the clouds that are now apparent on the texture of the frost. As time goes on, the building’s appearance is always changing.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

It is a sculpture that was created using all possible discovery angles. Depending on where the visitor is standing, a group of around 17-meter-high superposed cubes is never seen in the same way. The upper cube swings to the side and cantilevers 34 meters above the ground from the commercial street to the west, signaling the end of the perspective. To confront the tranquility of the lake, the composition is more balanced when viewed from the south. The cubes draw closer together to generate a 34-meter vertical gap that urges the visitor to arrive from the north, which is the major pedestrian access. The more clear upper cube, which is made of transparent crystal, contains a space for reflection and relaxation.

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The “lighthouse”  towers over the neighboring structures both during the day and at night. Visitors are drawn to it, and its light establishes a landmark for the entire neighborhood. The facades are completely lit up at night, illuminating the surrounds. The structure emits a consistent glow that draws attention and blocks a direct view of the inner life. The Sky Lounge at the summit allows visitors to get a 360-degree view of the surroundings.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

The presence of water and the lake, which leaves the impression that the building is floating. A nice and tranquil atmosphere is produced by a metaphorical sculpture of ice cubes that have been turned into liquid.

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Project information Architects: Mathieu Forest Architecte, Zone of Utopia – www.mathieuforest.fr , www.z-o-u.com Year: 2021 Images: ArchExist Lead Architects: Qiang ZOU, Mathieu FOREST Structure: Arup Group Limited Landscape: Hassell Shanghai Lighting: PROL Interior Design: WUZ DESIGN Project Leader: ZENG Teng Curtain Wall: EDUTH City: Xinxiang Country: China

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The Xinxiang Cultural Tourism Center is the architectural icon of the new tourism district, which will be dedicated to winter sports, including the presence of the future indoor ski slope. The ambition of the project is to create a strong urban indicator that unites the whole district. The project does not look like a classic building. It is a sculpture out of scale, a pure and monumental volume. Simplicity / Complexity. There are nine ice cubes superposed and offset from each other, representing the general theme of the leisure district. This simple appearance becomes subtle and complex as one approaches - The texture of the glass facades is composed of a multitude of tangled translucent ice crystals that filter the light and the vision from the interior. It is a question of hiding - whilst showing - to provoke mystery and the desire to approach. The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. The building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice. Fragility / Solidity. This massive appearance is made exclusively of printed glass and steel. No supporting structure is visible. The glass panels of the facades are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections. Instant / Eternity. The facades capture the light of the sky, which varies according to the time of day, the season, and the weather. Sometimes bright white, under the sun; the building becomes vaporous by cloudy weather, frosted even under certain lights, it reflects the sun and the clouds which become visible on the texture of frost. The building continually changes its appearance with time. Kinetic. It is a sculpture conceived according to each angle of discovery. An assembly of superposed cubes, each one of about 17 meters in height, is never perceived in the same way depending on where the visitor is standing. From the commercial street to the west, the upper cube shifts to the side, cantilevering 34m above the ground to mark the end of the perspective. From the south, the composition is more balanced, to face the calmness of the lake. From the north, which is the main pedestrian access, the cubes come closer together to form a 34-meter vertical gap that invites the visitor to enter inside. The upper cube, more transparent, is a transparent crystal and houses a place of contemplation and relaxation, suspended in the sky. A Lighthouse. By day and by night, it is a lighthouse that rises above the surrounding buildings. Its light attracts visitors and creates a landmark for the entire neighborhood. At night, the facades are fully illuminated and light up the surroundings. The building radiates a uniform glow that irresistibly catches the eye and prevents a direct view of the interior life. At the top, the Sky Lounge allows observing the landscape in 360 degrees. Presence of Water. It is also the continuity of the presence of water and the lake, on which the building seems to float. A metaphoric work of ice cubes transformed into a liquid state creates a pleasant and serene environment.

Design team:

Architects: Zone of Utopia, Mathieu Forest Architecte Lead Architects: Qiang ZOU, Mathieu FOREST Structure: Arup Group Limited Landscape: Hassell Shanghai Lighting: PROL Interior design: WUZ DESIGN Project Leader: ZENG Teng Architects: WU Di, WANG Zhang, Arnaud MAZZA, MA Jia, XUE Qijun Curtain Wall: EDUTH

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The Xinxiang cultural tourism center in China has become an architectural icon owing to its nine superposed and offset ice blocks, each about 17m in height. The texture of the distinctive glass facades is composed of several tangled semi-transparent ice crystals that sieve the light and the views from the interior. The ice cubes receive the light and then reflect it. Designed by Mathieu Forest Architecte and Zone of Utopia headed by architects Mathieu Forest and Qiang Zou, respectively, the project aims to form a solid urban indicator that joins the entire district and catches the attention of local and international visitors. Read more details about the project below at  SURFACES REPORTER (SR):  

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Combining Complexity With the Simplicity

Although the unusual facades of the blocks give a straightforward appearance, they become more complex as one reaches the building thanks to the tangled and translucent ice crystals that receive and emit light.

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‘It is a question of hiding – while showing – to provoke mystery and the desire to approach. The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. the building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice,’ state the architects.

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A Shape-Shifting Volume

The architects designed the sculpture center in a way that looks different from every angle. From the south, the structure looks more balanced to complement the tranquil ambiance of the lake, whilst from the commercial street to the west, the cube atop shifts to the side.

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On the northern side, the primary pedestrian access, the ice cubes come closer together to compose a 34m vertical gap that allows visitors to enter the sports center.

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The topmost cube which is transparent and suspended in the sky contains a relaxation and contemplation space.

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Otherworldly Project Depicts Both Solidity and Fragility

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And, printed glass panels that make up the exterior of the center are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections. 

Structure Appears to Float on Water

The building has been designed in a way that it seems like it floats on the lake water.

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”A metaphoric work of ice cubes transformed into a liquid state creates a pleasant and serene environment.”

The Look of a Lighthouse

The center looks like a lighthouse that rises above the surrounding buildings. The translucent facade captures lighting in all its varieties as per the day, seasons, and weather.

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At night, the exteriors of the building are fully illuminated and brighten up the surroundings. It appears to change its look with time; it looks bright under the sun, frosted under certain lights, and foggy under cloudy weather.

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The uniform glow of the building catches the eye and stops the direct view of the interiors. The sky lounge on the top of the building gives a panoramic 360 degrees view of the surroundings.  

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Resembling ice cubes stacked on top of one another, this sculptural building clad in frosted glass is the work of the French firms Mathieu Forest Architecte and Zone Of Utopia. It features a restaurant, a café, stores, reading rooms, and spaces intended for children. Set at different angles to form terraces and cantilevers, the glazed blocks have a pattern imprinted on them to make them look like ice, and depending on changing light conditions, certain areas indoors are either visible from outside, or hidden. The company PROL  designed the lighting.

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In China’s Xinxiang Henan province, nine “frosted” glass cubes stack atop one another to form the first building in the forthcoming Pingyuan cultural district and tourism center—and the first built work by two young Paris-based firms in partnership, Zone of Utopia + Mathieu Forest Architecte. The development will be home to shopping centers, residential towers, a man-made lake, and one of China’s largest indoor ski slopes—all with the theme of winter sports, inspired by this month’s Winter Olympics in Beijing, 400 miles away. At 174 feet tall, the 78,000-square-foot, steel-framed structure is animated by its double-glass facades, which have varying degrees of opacity and are made up of 8-by-8-foot panels of glazing suspended from stainless-steel cables. The exteriors—emblazoned with an ink-printed snowflake motif—communicate with the water that surrounds the building in its three states (solid, liquid, vapor, depending on the temperature), explains architect Qiang Zou, “to symbolize the spirit of the site.” The building will serve as “a living room for the neighborhood,” adds his partner, Mathieu Forest, and “a model for the whole district.” Called Ice Cubes, the project will include restaurants, bars, exhibition spaces, childcare and reception centers, a terrace, and sky lounge. The structure is also a sculptural artwork that is transformed by light, weather, and perspective. “It’s like a painting,” says Forest. “Each time you see it, you discover something new.”

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Architecture firms Zone of Utopia and Mathieu Forest Architecte have designed Xinxiang’s new tourist and cultural center . The Xinxiang Cultural Tourism Center is the architectural icon of the new tourism district, which will be dedicated to winter sports, including the presence of the future indoor ski slope. The entire district, with its exceptional facilities and shops, will attract many visitors from the city and the surrounding regions. The ambition of the project is to create a strong urban indicator that unites the whole district. The project does not look like a classic building – it is not possible to figure out the number of floors. It is a sculpture out of scale, a pure and monumental volume.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

SIMPLICITY / COMPLEXITY

There are nine ice cubes superposed and offset from each other, representing the general theme of the leisure district. This simple appearance becomes subtle and complex as one approaches – The texture of the glass facades is composed of a multitude of tangled translucent ice crystals that filter the light and the vision from the interior. It is a question of hiding – whilst showing – to provoke mystery and the desire to approach. The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. The building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

FRAGILITY / SOLIDITY

This massive appearance is made exclusively of printed glass and steel. No supporting structure is visible. The glass panels of the facades are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections. From close, it is a lace.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

INSTANT / ETERNITY

The building is representing an architecture in the form of light. The facades capture the light of the sky, which varies according to the time of day, the season and the weather. Sometimes bright white, under the sun; the building becomes vaporous by cloudy weather, frosted even under certain lights, it reflects the sun and the clouds which become visible on the texture of frost.

ice cubes cultural tourist center

It is a sculpture conceived according to each angle of discovery. An assembly of superposed cubes, each one of about 17 meters in height, it is never perceived in the same way depending on where the visitor is standing. From the commercial street to the west, the upper cube shifts to the side, cantilevering 34m above the ground to mark the end of the perspective. From the south, the composition is more balanced, to face the calmness of the lake. From the north, which is the main pedestrian access, the cubes come closer together to form a 34-meter vertical gap that invites the visitor to enter inside. The upper cube, more transparent, is a transparent crystal and houses a place of contemplation and relaxation, suspended in the sky.

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A LIGHTHOUSE

By day and by night, it is a lighthouse that rises above the surrounding buildings. It‘s light attracts visitors and creates a landmark for the entire neighborhood. At night, the facades are fully illuminated and light up the surroundings. The building radiates a uniform glow that irresistibly catches the eye and prevents a direct view of the interior life. At the top, the Sky Lounge allows to observe the landscape in 360 degrees.

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  • Client:  Henan Rongshou Xinchuang Culture and Tourism Real Estate Co. Ltd.
  • Designers:  Qiang Zou, Mathieu Forest
  • Design team:  Zeng Teng, Wu Di, Wang Zhuang, Arnaud Mazza, Ma Jia, Xue Qixun
  • Local Design Architect:  Henan Urban Planning Institute & Corporation
  • Structure:  Arup Group Limited
  • Curtain wall:  EDUTH
  • Landscape design:  Hassell Shanghai
  • Landscape design construction:  QIDI Shanghai
  • Lighting:  PROL
  • Interior design:  WU:Z DESIGN

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The Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre is a sculptural mass of frosted cubes

by Anmol Ahuja Published on : Dec 21, 2021

Simplicity and complexity, fragility and solidity, eternity and sheer instance: all contrasting, diverging properties, and yet, meaningfully employed by the architects in the definition of the eponymously named Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre. Intended as an architectural icon in the newly formed tourism district for winter sports in Xinxiang, China , the centre serves to be an urban indicator, a focal point for the whole district that unites, by the strong virtue of standing out from its mostly multi storey residential context. How it achieves this is where another pair of contradictions fit. A marauding composition of nine cubes housing myriad functions, the structure is volumetrically united within the collection of unmelting ice blocks stacked over each other.

The centre is designed to be a landmark in the newly formed district for winter sports in XInxiang | Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre | Mathieu Forest Architecte, Zone of Utopia | STIRworld

The composition, furthermore, stands activated and catalysed, almost as in a state of constant dynamism, by the cubes being axially offset from each other; not only is their stacking eccentric, the superimposed cubes are also rotated on individual axes, adding a spatial ‘excitement’ to the vertically meandering functions housed within. Additionally, there is much at play behind the seemingly random juxtaposition. The toying with what are essentially simple geometric properties is what lends the building a singularly sculptural appearance, oscillating between the precision of art, and the playfulness of what a child would do when handed these blocks. However, a literal additional layer of building, an ancillary skin, if you may, qualifies the structure for an ice sculpture.

The centre serves as a focal point for the entire district when lit up in warm tones at night | Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre | Mathieu Forest Architecte, Zone of Utopia | STIRworld

The building employs a double facade principle, visible in some of Jean Nouvel’s most famous works and employed readily in facade design by the French architect , even if in a differentiated materiality. Interestingly, and incidentally, both the principal designers of the collaborating architectural studios, Mathieu Forest and Qiang Zou, have worked with Nouvel and his atelier for many years, before joining hands to work on this building. The principle, seen in the context of the Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre, comprises an assembly of two sheaths of glass, held in place one behind the other. While the internal layer subsumes complete transparency, the external layer, responsible for much of the frosting effect, is translucent, bearing a texture of multiple entangled ice crystals. Apart from the obvious lending of a cubist ice castle aesthetic, the dual skin evokes a dichotomy between visibility and concealment, between light and shade, provoking “a mystery and the desire to approach”, according to the architects. “The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. The building thus seems to emit the light it receives, like a mass of inhabited ice,” the designers state, in response to the contrast they seem to pivot the building’s more spiritual side on.

The building’s envelope assumes visual prominence by acquiring a “frosted” aesthetic | Mathieu Forest Architecte, Zone of Utopia | STIRworld

The light and how it filters through is also manifested in the visual weight of the building itself. Apart from the stacking and cantilevering rendering almost exclusively in glass and steel, a ‘lightness’ in mass for the structure, no supporting structure is visible either. The glass panels of the facades are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections, giving the visual impression of a lace when viewed from up close. How this manifests in the interior spaces is a continually evolving spatial landscape, illuminated by sunlight as allowed by the double facade: bright white and reflective on sunny days, vaporous on cloudy ones, and frosted on moderately sunny days.

An expansive water body next to the structure serves the metaphor of the ice blocks assimilating into the water | Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre | Mathieu Forest Architecte, Zone of Utopia | STIRworld

As dramatic as this composition of cubes is, each about 17 meters in height, it is also carefully doctored to cater to a differential viewing experience, depending on which avenue it is viewed from. From the commercial street to the west, the upper cube shifts to the side, cantilevering 34 meters above the ground to mark the end of the perspective. From the south, the composition is more balanced, to face the calmness of the lake. The entrance to the building is marked by the cubes coming closer together to leave a 34 meter vertical gap, placed along the northern side which is the main pedestrian access.

Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre: section | Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre | Mathieu Forest Architecte, Zone of Utopia | STIRworld

Furthermore, the cube at the top is conceived as a transparent crystal, housing a space for contemplation and a sky lounge, almost as if suspended in the sky. The structure is abutted against an expansive water body, lending a tranquil environment, along with serving the metaphor of the ice blocks assimilating in the water body. Rising above its context akin to a lighthouse when illuminated in warm light at dusk; a supple and brave parallel by the architects, the Ice Cubes Cultural Tourist Centre suitably serves its conception as a landmark and a delicate monument to both form and function.

Project Details

Name: Pingyuan New Area Cultural Touristic City Exhibition centre Client: Henan Rongshou Xinchuang Culture and Tourism Real Estate Co. Ltd. Program: : Cultural tourist centre Superstructure surface area : 19.740 m² GFA Site surface area : 28.200 m2 Architects: Zone of Utopia, Mathieu Forest Architecte Designers: Qiang ZOU, Mathieu FOREST Design team: ZENG Teng, DI Wu, WANG Zhuang, Arnaud MAZZA, MA Jia, XUE Qixun Structure: Arup Group Limited Curtain wall / facades: EDUTH Landscape design: Hassell Shanghai Landscape design construction: QIDI Shanghai Lighting: PROL Interior design: WU:Z DESIGN

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Architects: Zone of Utopia, Mathieu Forest Architecte Lead Architects: Qiang Zou And Mathieu Forest Landscape Architects: Hassell Shanghai General Contractor: Tianjin Taiyang Hi-tech Curtain Wall Co., Ltd. Client: Henan Rongchuang Development Co.Ltd. Photographers: ArchExist

ICE CUBES The Xinxiang Cultural Tourism Center is the architectural icon of the new tourism district, which will be dedicated to winter sports, including the presence of the future indoor ski slope. The entire district, with its exceptional facilities and shops, will attract many visitors from the city and the surrounding regions. The ambition of the project is to create a strong urban indicator that unites the whole district. The project does not look like a classic building – it is not possible to figure out the number of floors. It is a sculpture out of scale, a pure and monumental volume.

SIMPLICITY / COMPLEXITY There are nine ice cubes superposed and offset from each other, representing the general theme of the leisure district. This simple appearance becomes subtle and complex as one approaches - The texture of the glass facades is composed of a multitude of tangled translucent ice crystals that filter the light and the vision from the interior. It is a question of hiding - whilst showing - to provoke mystery and the desire to approach. The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. The building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice.

FRAGILITY / SOLIDITY This massive appearance is made exclusively of printed glass and steel. No supporting structure is visible. The glass panels of the facades are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections. From close, it is a lace.

INSTANT / ETERNITY The building is representing an architecture in the form of light. The facades capture the light of the sky, which varies according to the time of day, the season and the weather. Sometimes bright white, under the sun; the building becomes vaporous by cloudy weather, frosted even under certain lights, it reflects the sun and the clouds which become visible on the texture of frost. The building continually changes its appearance with time. KINETIC It is a sculpture conceived according to each angle of discovery.

An assembly of superposed cubes, each one of about 17 meters in height, it is never perceived in the same way depending on where the visitor is standing. From the commercial street to the west, the upper cube shifts to the side, cantilevering 34m above the ground to mark the end of the perspective. From the south, the composition is more balanced, to face the calmness of the lake. From the north, which is the main pedestrian access, the cubes come closer together to form a 34-meter vertical gap that invites the visitor to enter inside.

The upper cube, more transparent, is a transparent crystal and houses a place of contemplation and relaxation, suspended in the sky.

A LIGHTHOUSE By day and by night, it is a lighthouse that rises above the surrounding buildings. It‘s light attracts visitors and creates a landmark for the entire neighborhood. At night, the facades are fully illuminated and light up the surroundings. The building radiates a uniform glow that irresistibly catches the eye and prevents a direct view of the interior life. At the top, the Sky Lounge allows to observe the landscape in 360 degrees.

PRESENCE OF WATER It is also the continuity of the presence of water and the lake, on which the building seems to float. A metaphoric work of ice cubes transformed to a liquid state creates a pleasant and serene environment.

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Elektrostal is a vibrant city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia. With a rich history, stunning architecture, and a thriving community, Elektrostal is a city that has much to offer. Whether you are a history buff, nature enthusiast, or simply curious about different cultures, Elektrostal is sure to captivate you.

This article will provide you with 40 fascinating facts about Elektrostal, giving you a better understanding of why this city is worth exploring. From its origins as an industrial hub to its modern-day charm, we will delve into the various aspects that make Elektrostal a unique and must-visit destination.

So, join us as we uncover the hidden treasures of Elektrostal and discover what makes this city a true gem in the heart of Russia.

Key Takeaways:

  • Elektrostal, known as the “Motor City of Russia,” is a vibrant and growing city with a rich industrial history, offering diverse cultural experiences and a strong commitment to environmental sustainability.
  • With its convenient location near Moscow, Elektrostal provides a picturesque landscape, vibrant nightlife, and a range of recreational activities, making it an ideal destination for residents and visitors alike.

Known as the “Motor City of Russia.”

Elektrostal, a city located in the Moscow Oblast region of Russia, earned the nickname “Motor City” due to its significant involvement in the automotive industry.

Home to the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Elektrostal is renowned for its metallurgical plant, which has been producing high-quality steel and alloys since its establishment in 1916.

Boasts a rich industrial heritage.

Elektrostal has a long history of industrial development, contributing to the growth and progress of the region.

Founded in 1916.

The city of Elektrostal was founded in 1916 as a result of the construction of the Elektrostal Metallurgical Plant.

Located approximately 50 kilometers east of Moscow.

Elektrostal is situated in close proximity to the Russian capital, making it easily accessible for both residents and visitors.

Known for its vibrant cultural scene.

Elektrostal is home to several cultural institutions, including museums, theaters, and art galleries that showcase the city’s rich artistic heritage.

A popular destination for nature lovers.

Surrounded by picturesque landscapes and forests, Elektrostal offers ample opportunities for outdoor activities such as hiking, camping, and birdwatching.

Hosts the annual Elektrostal City Day celebrations.

Every year, Elektrostal organizes festive events and activities to celebrate its founding, bringing together residents and visitors in a spirit of unity and joy.

Has a population of approximately 160,000 people.

Elektrostal is home to a diverse and vibrant community of around 160,000 residents, contributing to its dynamic atmosphere.

Boasts excellent education facilities.

The city is known for its well-established educational institutions, providing quality education to students of all ages.

A center for scientific research and innovation.

Elektrostal serves as an important hub for scientific research, particularly in the fields of metallurgy, materials science, and engineering.

Surrounded by picturesque lakes.

The city is blessed with numerous beautiful lakes, offering scenic views and recreational opportunities for locals and visitors alike.

Well-connected transportation system.

Elektrostal benefits from an efficient transportation network, including highways, railways, and public transportation options, ensuring convenient travel within and beyond the city.

Famous for its traditional Russian cuisine.

Food enthusiasts can indulge in authentic Russian dishes at numerous restaurants and cafes scattered throughout Elektrostal.

Home to notable architectural landmarks.

Elektrostal boasts impressive architecture, including the Church of the Transfiguration of the Lord and the Elektrostal Palace of Culture.

Offers a wide range of recreational facilities.

Residents and visitors can enjoy various recreational activities, such as sports complexes, swimming pools, and fitness centers, enhancing the overall quality of life.

Provides a high standard of healthcare.

Elektrostal is equipped with modern medical facilities, ensuring residents have access to quality healthcare services.

Home to the Elektrostal History Museum.

The Elektrostal History Museum showcases the city’s fascinating past through exhibitions and displays.

A hub for sports enthusiasts.

Elektrostal is passionate about sports, with numerous stadiums, arenas, and sports clubs offering opportunities for athletes and spectators.

Celebrates diverse cultural festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal hosts a variety of cultural festivals, celebrating different ethnicities, traditions, and art forms.

Electric power played a significant role in its early development.

Elektrostal owes its name and initial growth to the establishment of electric power stations and the utilization of electricity in the industrial sector.

Boasts a thriving economy.

The city’s strong industrial base, coupled with its strategic location near Moscow, has contributed to Elektrostal’s prosperous economic status.

Houses the Elektrostal Drama Theater.

The Elektrostal Drama Theater is a cultural centerpiece, attracting theater enthusiasts from far and wide.

Popular destination for winter sports.

Elektrostal’s proximity to ski resorts and winter sport facilities makes it a favorite destination for skiing, snowboarding, and other winter activities.

Promotes environmental sustainability.

Elektrostal prioritizes environmental protection and sustainability, implementing initiatives to reduce pollution and preserve natural resources.

Home to renowned educational institutions.

Elektrostal is known for its prestigious schools and universities, offering a wide range of academic programs to students.

Committed to cultural preservation.

The city values its cultural heritage and takes active steps to preserve and promote traditional customs, crafts, and arts.

Hosts an annual International Film Festival.

The Elektrostal International Film Festival attracts filmmakers and cinema enthusiasts from around the world, showcasing a diverse range of films.

Encourages entrepreneurship and innovation.

Elektrostal supports aspiring entrepreneurs and fosters a culture of innovation, providing opportunities for startups and business development.

Offers a range of housing options.

Elektrostal provides diverse housing options, including apartments, houses, and residential complexes, catering to different lifestyles and budgets.

Home to notable sports teams.

Elektrostal is proud of its sports legacy, with several successful sports teams competing at regional and national levels.

Boasts a vibrant nightlife scene.

Residents and visitors can enjoy a lively nightlife in Elektrostal, with numerous bars, clubs, and entertainment venues.

Promotes cultural exchange and international relations.

Elektrostal actively engages in international partnerships, cultural exchanges, and diplomatic collaborations to foster global connections.

Surrounded by beautiful nature reserves.

Nearby nature reserves, such as the Barybino Forest and Luchinskoye Lake, offer opportunities for nature enthusiasts to explore and appreciate the region’s biodiversity.

Commemorates historical events.

The city pays tribute to significant historical events through memorials, monuments, and exhibitions, ensuring the preservation of collective memory.

Promotes sports and youth development.

Elektrostal invests in sports infrastructure and programs to encourage youth participation, health, and physical fitness.

Hosts annual cultural and artistic festivals.

Throughout the year, Elektrostal celebrates its cultural diversity through festivals dedicated to music, dance, art, and theater.

Provides a picturesque landscape for photography enthusiasts.

The city’s scenic beauty, architectural landmarks, and natural surroundings make it a paradise for photographers.

Connects to Moscow via a direct train line.

The convenient train connection between Elektrostal and Moscow makes commuting between the two cities effortless.

A city with a bright future.

Elektrostal continues to grow and develop, aiming to become a model city in terms of infrastructure, sustainability, and quality of life for its residents.

In conclusion, Elektrostal is a fascinating city with a rich history and a vibrant present. From its origins as a center of steel production to its modern-day status as a hub for education and industry, Elektrostal has plenty to offer both residents and visitors. With its beautiful parks, cultural attractions, and proximity to Moscow, there is no shortage of things to see and do in this dynamic city. Whether you’re interested in exploring its historical landmarks, enjoying outdoor activities, or immersing yourself in the local culture, Elektrostal has something for everyone. So, next time you find yourself in the Moscow region, don’t miss the opportunity to discover the hidden gems of Elektrostal.

Q: What is the population of Elektrostal?

A: As of the latest data, the population of Elektrostal is approximately XXXX.

Q: How far is Elektrostal from Moscow?

A: Elektrostal is located approximately XX kilometers away from Moscow.

Q: Are there any famous landmarks in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to several notable landmarks, including XXXX and XXXX.

Q: What industries are prominent in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal is known for its steel production industry and is also a center for engineering and manufacturing.

Q: Are there any universities or educational institutions in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal is home to XXXX University and several other educational institutions.

Q: What are some popular outdoor activities in Elektrostal?

A: Elektrostal offers several outdoor activities, such as hiking, cycling, and picnicking in its beautiful parks.

Q: Is Elektrostal well-connected in terms of transportation?

A: Yes, Elektrostal has good transportation links, including trains and buses, making it easily accessible from nearby cities.

Q: Are there any annual events or festivals in Elektrostal?

A: Yes, Elektrostal hosts various events and festivals throughout the year, including XXXX and XXXX.

Elektrostal's fascinating history, vibrant culture, and promising future make it a city worth exploring. For more captivating facts about cities around the world, discover the unique characteristics that define each city . Uncover the hidden gems of Moscow Oblast through our in-depth look at Kolomna. Lastly, dive into the rich industrial heritage of Teesside, a thriving industrial center with its own story to tell.

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Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery and Museum

Zvenigorod's most famous sight is the Savvino-Storozhevsky Monastery, which was founded in 1398 by the monk Savva from the Troitse-Sergieva Lavra, at the invitation and with the support of Prince Yury Dmitrievich of Zvenigorod. Savva was later canonised as St Sabbas (Savva) of Storozhev. The monastery late flourished under the reign of Tsar Alexis, who chose the monastery as his family church and often went on pilgrimage there and made lots of donations to it. Most of the monastery’s buildings date from this time. The monastery is heavily fortified with thick walls and six towers, the most impressive of which is the Krasny Tower which also serves as the eastern entrance. The monastery was closed in 1918 and only reopened in 1995. In 1998 Patriarch Alexius II took part in a service to return the relics of St Sabbas to the monastery. Today the monastery has the status of a stauropegic monastery, which is second in status to a lavra. In addition to being a working monastery, it also holds the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum.

Belfry and Neighbouring Churches

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Located near the main entrance is the monastery's belfry which is perhaps the calling card of the monastery due to its uniqueness. It was built in the 1650s and the St Sergius of Radonezh’s Church was opened on the middle tier in the mid-17th century, although it was originally dedicated to the Trinity. The belfry's 35-tonne Great Bladgovestny Bell fell in 1941 and was only restored and returned in 2003. Attached to the belfry is a large refectory and the Transfiguration Church, both of which were built on the orders of Tsar Alexis in the 1650s.  

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To the left of the belfry is another, smaller, refectory which is attached to the Trinity Gate-Church, which was also constructed in the 1650s on the orders of Tsar Alexis who made it his own family church. The church is elaborately decorated with colourful trims and underneath the archway is a beautiful 19th century fresco.

Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is the oldest building in the monastery and among the oldest buildings in the Moscow Region. It was built between 1404 and 1405 during the lifetime of St Sabbas and using the funds of Prince Yury of Zvenigorod. The white-stone cathedral is a standard four-pillar design with a single golden dome. After the death of St Sabbas he was interred in the cathedral and a new altar dedicated to him was added.

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Under the reign of Tsar Alexis the cathedral was decorated with frescoes by Stepan Ryazanets, some of which remain today. Tsar Alexis also presented the cathedral with a five-tier iconostasis, the top row of icons have been preserved.

Tsaritsa's Chambers

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The Nativity of Virgin Mary Cathedral is located between the Tsaritsa's Chambers of the left and the Palace of Tsar Alexis on the right. The Tsaritsa's Chambers were built in the mid-17th century for the wife of Tsar Alexey - Tsaritsa Maria Ilinichna Miloskavskaya. The design of the building is influenced by the ancient Russian architectural style. Is prettier than the Tsar's chambers opposite, being red in colour with elaborately decorated window frames and entrance.

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At present the Tsaritsa's Chambers houses the Zvenigorod Historical, Architectural and Art Museum. Among its displays is an accurate recreation of the interior of a noble lady's chambers including furniture, decorations and a decorated tiled oven, and an exhibition on the history of Zvenigorod and the monastery.

Palace of Tsar Alexis

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The Palace of Tsar Alexis was built in the 1650s and is now one of the best surviving examples of non-religious architecture of that era. It was built especially for Tsar Alexis who often visited the monastery on religious pilgrimages. Its most striking feature is its pretty row of nine chimney spouts which resemble towers.

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