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Thursday, July 11, 2013

The New Century Global Centre, Chengdu, China

By Team IAnD

New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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Planned as part of the upscaling of Chengdu in China, this multifaceted building actualizes an out-of-box concept, bringing you the pleasure of the wildest outdoors- indoors!

The “world’s largest stand-alone structure”, measuring 500 metres in length and 400 metres in width, with 1.7 million square metres of floor space - big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses - is the latest symbol of China's economic boom.

New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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The "New Century Global Centre" as it is called province opened its doors to awe, splendor and magnificence on June 28, 2013.

New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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Just a fortnight of its existence and the awesomeness of having so much under a single roof – or should we say, a micro-city in itself, is overwhelming visitors. The staggering floor space of nearly 19 million square feet with two underground levels and 18 storeys above ground, plays host to a network of office spaces, retail establishments, hospitality outlets, a central plaza, two 1,000-room five-star hotels, an ice-skating rink, a 14-screen IMAX theater, and an artificial beach right in the middle of the building. The 5000 sq. mt. ocean park with a 400-meter-long indoor "beach," and 7,000 sq m seaside wooden docking station, replete with the world's biggest LED screen in the background is a treat for anybody and is being heralded as the USP of the Centre.

New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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The interior of the entire complex is designed with a Mediterranean, seaside theme and has a line-up of 44 fountains that lead one to a grand 150-meter-diameter musical water fountain spraying water up to 60 meters high. Incidentally, another highlight is a Japanese technical marvel – an artificial sun that will shine 24 hours a day and allow for a comfortable temperature.

New Century Global Centre by Ar.Zaha Hadid
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According to the promotional video distributed by GoChengdoo.com, the New Century Global Center is "themed with a comprehensive and profound oceanic culture and inspired by the design concept of sailing seagulls and undulating waves."



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