Massive exhibition space in Inner Mongolia replicates steppe landscape

Belts of glass woven into the roof’s “steppes” provide natural light for the space underneath.

July 14, 2015 |
Massive exhibition space in Inner Mongolia replicates steppe landscape

Renderings courtesy Kuanlu Architects

To mimic the Central Asian steppe landscape of the Chinese province Inner Mongolia, Kuanlu Architects proposed the construction of an exhibition plaza that can be walked on—in other words, the roof is as much a part of the usable and walkable space as the building’s interiors.

Designboom reports that the design is of a 430,556-sf topographic plaza sitting atop a hill, meant to be a landmark for the growing city of Otog.

With the use of stone and grass, the roof acts as a natural promenade. On every fifth stair, there is a belt of windows, which lets natural light flood into the exhibition spaces beneath the plaza.

The firm is still looking for backers for their proposal.

 

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