PES-Architects win 2017 Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project award for Innovation for Sino-Finnish Cooperation Centre, Nanjing
PES-Architects have been awarded with the Architectural Review MIPIM Future Project special award for Innovation for the Sino-Finnish Economic, Trade and Cultural Cooperation Centre in Nanjing, China. The ARFP Awards celebrate excellence in unbuilt or incomplete projects. They are awarded annually in cooperation with MIPIM, the leading international property market, in Cannes.
ARFP jury: “This design combines cultural, technical and aesthetic considerations in an approach that marries art to the sustainable generation of energy in an architectural tour de force.”
PES-Architects’ Nanjing Sino-Finnish Economic and Culture Cooperation Centre won first prize in 2016 in an invited competition organised by the Nanjing Southern New Town construction development office with support from the Embassy of Finland in China and Finpro’s Beautiful Beijing programme.
The centre comprises a conference centre and design hotel, exhibition halls and showrooms, an office block and business hub as well as a Finnish-themed retail area, over a total floor area of 194,400 m². The overall design metaphor is ice – the massive ice blocks shaped by icebreakers or the pack ice formations that develop at sea in late winter.
The façades are clad with glass panels embedded with printed photovoltaic ice-crystal graphics, designed together with VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. The panels provide shading while harvesting solar energy.
The ARFP winning projects are featured at the Innovation Forum at the Palais des Festivals in Cannes. The award will be presented to Jarkko Salminen, CEO and Tuomas Silvennoinen, Design Director of PES-Architects, at the Future Projects Awards Dinner on 15 March 2017.
The Architectural Review