Shijiazhuang International Convention and Exhibition Center

Structural Designer

Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

Client Name

China Construction Haoyun Co.,Ltd.

Location

Shijiazhuang, Hebei Province, China

ARCHITECT
Architectural Design & Research Institute of Tsinghua University

PRINCIPAL CONTRACTOR
China Construction Eighth Engineering Division Co.,Ltd.

STEEL STRUCTURE CONTRACTOR
China Construction Steel Structure Co.,Ltd.

CABLE STRUCTURE CONTRACTOR
Beijing Building Construction Research Institute Co.,Ltd.

CABLE STRUCTURE CONTRACTOR
Southeast University

CABLE STRUCTURE SUPPLIER
Guangdong Kin Long Hardware Products Co., Ltd.

CABLE STRUCTURE SUPPLIER
Juli Sling Co., Ltd.
 

PROJECT DESCRIPTION

A vast two-way cable structure used to construct a series of exhibition halls. The area covered by the bidirectional cable roof reaches 288m by 105m. This makes it one of the largest structures of this type in the world. The project combines the natural arc of the cable with the sloping roof of classical Chinese buildings. It creates a traditional and graceful architectural appearance.
 

Submitted in 2020

Judge's comment:

The basis for the design of these vast exhibition and conference buildings is the typical elegant, curved concave roof form of the old Chinese timber buildings.  Here this is achieved by a delightfully minimalist cable structure. The large roof span is supported by a two-way suspension cable structure in which the longitudinal cable, spanning 105 metres supports the transverse cables spanning a total of 180 metres through prestressed vertical rods.  The typical heights of the halls is 28.65 meters.

There is no ceiling in the exhibition hall, but a rhythmic and graceful roof view is formed by the cables and anchors of the transverse cable truss. Braces arranged on purlins at 45 degree make the roof view more vivid. The feature of the cable perfectly fits the architectural idea and echoes traditional Chinese elements.

Clever detailing of the structure enabled to use of minimal materials for such great spans and therefore helped minimise the carbon footprint.

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