设计单位 理想建筑设计事务所（Zone Of Utopia）+马秋·福莱斯特建筑事务所（Mathieu Forest architecte）
Architecture is always the marker of an era, of a situation, of an ambition.
Its purpose is not only to meet a need, but also and perhaps above all to bear witness to a spiritual ambition.
It must be designed for the pleasure of its inhabitants and visitors and must be, each time, an opportunity to beautify the city.
The Xinxiang Cultural Tourism Center project is an opportunity to offer the city's public and visitors a contemporary, innovative and hedonistic architectural experience. It's about taking pleasure in looking at the building, seeing its facades changing with the seasons, with the daylight and night, seeing behind its filtered facades, the activities it hosts.
The Xinxiang Cultural Tourism Center is the architectural icon of the new tourism district, which is dedicated to winter sports, including the presence of the future indoor ski slope.
Convenient transportation and commerce will enable the Cultural Tourism Center to attract people from the Zhengzhou metropolitan area.
On the plain on the north bank of the Yellow River, this reception and cultural center called "Ice Cube" is like a lighthouse, with a 53-meter-high form that can be seen in all directions. The project does not look like a classic building – it is not possible to figure out the number of floors. It is a sculpture out of scale, a pure and monumental volume.
简单 / 复杂
This is a contextual building, and its simple shape symbolizes the purity of ice and snow. 9 "ice cubes" are superposed and offset from each other , twisting and staggering, forming a complex and dynamic volume, expressing the theme of ice and snow leisure sports in the cultural tourism city The texture of the glass facades is composed of a multitude of tangled translucent ice crystals that filter the light and the vision from the interior, evoking memories of ice, snow and cold in an abstract way.
As the line of sight moves, This simple appearance becomes subtle and complex as one approaches . The texture of the translucent ice flower on the curtain wall filters the light and provides visual privacy to the interior. It is a question of hiding - whilst showing - to provoke mystery and the desire to approach. The ice flower catches the light and reflects it The ice crystals capture the light and give it back. The building thus seems to emit the light it receives like a mass of inhabited ice.
脆弱 / 坚固
This massive appearance is made exclusively of printed glass and steel. No supporting structure is visible.
The skin of the "Ice Cube" is made by a double-layer glass curtain wall. In order to keep the double-layer facade clean and the temperature tempered, the air flow is carefully controlled: in winter, the air heated by the sun stays inside the double-skin. In summer, the circulating air keeps the building interior cool and reduces energy consumption as much as possible. The glass panels of the facades are suspended by stainless steel cables and minimal steel connections.
瞬间 / 永恒
This is an emotional building, the ice crystals are petrified in the building’s skin. The various ice crystals patterns are delicately juxtaposed in different scales, The building continually changes its appearance with time.
"Ice Cube" is a building designed by light. The surface changes with different times, different weather and seasons. The "Ice Cube" appears pure white in the sun, the "Ice Cube" appears hazy under the clouds, and the "Ice Cube" appears translucent under certain light. Light and cloud shadows are mapped on the texture of the ice flower, and the appearance of the "Ice Cube" changes over time.
现实 / 梦境
This is a dreamy building. The shape of the "Ice Cube" is gradually transparent from bottom to top, and the material properties seem to be reduced accordingly. The sky light dissolves the volume, and the reality is connected with the dream. Each "ice block" provides people with a different view of the landscape. As the position and height change, the surrounding city scenery is presented behind the ice flower in different ways.
Looking at the "Ice Cube" from the road on the north side, the vertical gap created by the dislocation of the body forms the main entrance space, which seems to be inviting people to visit. The ceiling in the 18-meter-high foyer is glowing with ice-like luster, guiding people to the experience hall, the lake view hall and an outdoor platform floating above the lake.
A perfect geometric shape suspended in the air like a crystal, becoming the focus of sight on the west side of the commercial street. From the south side, the "Ice Cube" and the lake surface are integrated, and the ice blossoms and the water surface reflect each other, shining dreamlike waves together.
雄心 / 诗意
This is a building that belongs to the era. The "Ice Cube" is like the bow of a ship, leading the city's future development and extension along the canal. On the horizon of the city, the "Ice Cube" is like a lighthouse, it radiates light, and the distance is also illuminated. Guide the arrival of people. The "living room in the sky" at the top becomes the master of the urban space, where people overlook the city at night and during the day.
The "Ice Cube" floats on the lake, and the "ice cubes" seem to be melting, changing from a solid state to a liquid state to become a continuation of the water surface, creating a pleasant atmosphere. "Ice Cube" exudes a kind of tranquility, reflecting nature, water and sky, along with the passage of time. It reminds people of ice and snow, the sun and the joy of winter sports, it is as if the lake water becomes ice, condensing into a poetic architectural movement.
"Ice Cube" is like an architectural manifesto, a local building, a contextual building, an emotional building, a specific building, and an era building, exuding extreme and contradictory poetry: simplicity and complexity, fragility and Firmness, calmness and enthusiasm, reality and dreams, moments and eternity, poetry and ambition, instantly freeze in time and space.
"Ice Cube" is the incarnation of an ice and snow cultural tourism situation, a crystallization of respect for innovation culture, and a product of an exciting era. The "Ice Cube" is a testimony to the rapid development of the city, and it implies a better tomorrow for the city.
设计单位：理想建筑设计事务所（Zone Of Utopia）+马秋·福莱斯特建筑事务所（Mathieu Forest architecte）