Chinese & Italian architectural firms have come together in an effort to create the world’s largest design center. AM Progetti of Italy & Tongji Architectural Design Institute (TJAD) will jointly design the new Shanghai International Design Center, which when complete will be the world’s largest design complex. The cornerstone laying ceremony of the project was recently held in the Tongji University Campus. Both the companies were awarded the contract to design this new building back in April this year.
The concept combines traditional design features from Italy, China & the entire occidental world with green design concepts. Built on a 30,000 square meter area, the new design center will house a hotel, a museum, a library & commercial office spaces.
The grand entrance of the building has been named as Marco Polo’s Door to commemorate the Italian traveler’s journey to Central Asia & China in the 13th century. But the most striking feature of the building would be the numerous green terraces superimposed on each other.
The entrance of the building (Marco Polo’s Door) would be located on the western side of the building. It would be marked by two buildings facing each other symbolizing international openness of the complex.
An artistic design garden & a commercial gallery (Galleria Matteo Ricci) will act as a gathering place for people & a buffer zone between the camps & the outside urban fabric.