National Expo Exhibition Complex

Shanghai, China 2011


In designing the National Expo Exhibition Complex, our task was not to simply design the world’s largest exhibition center, but to create a new standard of what trade means in the 21st century. From the footprint and form of the building, to the programming of the different functions, everything is focused on continuous circulation. The result is an enhanced, efficient experience for exhibition planners and exhibitors, and easy navigation for the attendees. The space flows visually as well as functionally, thanks to glazing, skylights and open areas between interior floors. Natural light and ventilation streams throughout as the delineation between indoor and outdoor space is blurred. The roof is a mosaic of solar panels, creating the iconic exterior while also becoming a major sustainability feature of the project. At night, the glass curtain wall is lit from within, turning the entire building into a brilliant lantern that draws people to its glow.

The concept of the four-leaf plan configuration recalling the legend of a four-leaf clover was designed as part of a first stage design competition; this concept was adopted by the Client as the basis of a second stage design competition. While we did not win the second stage competition, our design concept remains an integral part of the project to be completed in 2015.

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Exhibition Center
Conference Facilities
Trade Marts

Status:  Unbuilt
Gross Building Area:  14,961,835 sf (1,390,000 sm)