Zaha Hadid Architects completes highly complex Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre

sunset view of the cultural centre towers and city

Hadid Architects
 completed the Nanjing International Youth
Cultural Centre, a striking mixed-use facility that blends the
firm’s iconic sinuous architecture with elements from traditional
Chinese culture. Billed as China’s first completely top-down/
bottom-up tower construction, the entire center was constructed in
just 34 months and is the largest glass-reinforced
development in the country. Sustainability is woven
into the highly complex design from the optimization of natural
ventilation and lighting to the use of a self-cleaning facade

interior design of the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre

With gross floor area totaling over five million square feet,
the Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre boasts two tapering
towers—Zaha Hadid Architects’ tallest completed towers to
date—linked by a five-story mixed-use podium that
contains the Cultural Centre. At 315 meters in height, the taller
tower houses offices and the new Jumeirah Nanjing Hotel, while the
shorter 255-meter tower includes a four-star hotel. The Cultural
Center is divided into four main programs: a 2,100-seat Conference
Hall, a 500-seat Auditorium, a Multifunctional Hall and Guest Zone;
the independent volumes are organized around a central courtyard.
Optimized for riverfront views, the development is located along
the river in Hexi New Town as part of Nanjing’s new central
business district.

person outside of the centre building

“The Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre harnessed the
energy of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games to create a project with a
lasting legacy that has enhanced and also regenerated its
setting—acting as both an anchor and a catalyst for future
investment in Nanjing’s Hexi New Town,” says Zaha Hadid
Architects in a press release. “The cultural centre’s design is
a three dimensional calligraphic composition that resonates with
1,600-year-old tradition of Yunjin— the name given to the
intricate brocade threading used by local craftsmen to weave the
region’s acclaimed gold and silver fabrics. Like Yunjin thread, a
continuous line interweaves throughout the cultural centre
connecting it with its earthquake-resistant towers and beyond to
the new central business district, riverside park and Jiangxinzhou

interior of the centre with visibility of intricate design and ceiling windows

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To reduce the development’s energy footprint, the architects
optimized the layout to funnel natural light deep into the
buildings. Passive design
strategies were used, as were efficient cooling and heating systems
and a flexible floor plan to maximize the project’s design

+ Zaha Hadid

Photography by © Hufton+Crow via Zaha Hadid Architects

golden hued auditorium with rows of seats

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Zaha Hadid Architects completes highly complex Nanjing International Youth Cultural Centre