Qingdao’s hot new nouveau riche area of Aoshan Bay (north of Laoshan along the coast) is getting a new expo center, the Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center. Reported to be one of China largest buildings of its kind, the venue will sit right on the water, and right next to the development that is to carry a name befitting such a location, Water City at Aoshan Bay. Also to be built on the coast: a 5 star hotel and apartment blocks. The master plan is by the international firm NBBJ, who’ve also worked with the University of Southampton, UCLA, and the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.
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The Qingdao Aoshan Bay International Exhibition Center, at 6,000 standard exhibit stands altogether, is one of China’s largest expo and convention centers.
Although it is one of China’s top industrial cities and has a rich cultural heritage, Qingdao lacked a facility for large events and for exhibiting the many goods produced in the region. Therefore, when NBBJ planned the new Qingdao Water City at Aoshan Bay, 50 km northeast of the city center, a new expo center formed a crucial element and gateway of the development.
Organized into an “L,” two wings of expo halls, ten total, linked by a vast canopy, shelter a public plaza that can be used for large outdoor events. At the corner, a dramatically curved main entrance faces outward to welcome visitors to the expo center. Each of the column-free halls can be subdivided into two smaller, square halls, allowing maximum flexibility in planning a variety of events.
The expo center anchors the new Water City at Aoshan Bay, part of a regional economic strategy designed to increase and promote tourism, convention, and resort activities in Qingdao and greater Shandong province. The expo center, the first built component of NBBJ’s master plan, is to be followed by a 5-star hotel (linked to the expo center via a pedestrian bridge) and residential areas, all integrated into the wetland site along the shore of the East China Sea.