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Digital Beijing Building, Beijing, China

Issue 44 Aug / Sep 2008 : Architectural : Façade

Architect / Lighting Design: STUDIO PEI-ZHU/URBANUS


The innovative use of LEDs has created a technological marvel at the Digital Beijing Building.

The Beijing Municipal Government has promised the world that Beijing will present an Olympics which has the highest technological content in history. As the landmark building of the Digital Olympics, the Digital Beijing Building is located at the northern end of the central axis, neighbouring the core area of the Olympics Centre, the National Stadium and National Swimming Centre. Seven internationally renowned architectural firms participated in the competition for Digital Beijing, but it was Beijing-based Studio Pei-Zhu/Urbanus who’s scheme was selected.

The Digital Beijing Building, nearly 100,000 square metres in area, serves as the control centre and the data centre of the Beijing Olympics. At other times, it will accommodate a virtual museum of the Digital Olympics and an exhibition centre for manufacturers of digital products.

Pei Zhu, principal of Studio Pei-Zhu, comments: “The rapid development of the digital age has greatly impacted on our society, life and city. If the industrial revolution has resulted in Modernism, the Digital Beijing Building begins to explore what will occur in the digital epoch.”

The concept for Digital Beijing was developed through reconsideration and reflection on contemporary architecture in the era of digital information. Appearing like a digital bar code or an integrated circuit board, it emerges from a serene water surface.
Lighting design was also completed by Studio Pei-Zhu. RGB LEDs covering a surface of 1323 sqm that faces Olympic Square were used to create a ‘digital waterfall’, much like the famous graphics from ‘The Matrix’ movie.

“Here we are seeking a specific form, trying to reveal an enlarged micro world suggestive of the microchips abundance but ignored in our daily life. With an abstracted mass, like the simple repetition of digit 0 and 1, this building will be an impressive symbol of the Digital Olympics and of the information era.

“In the future, we expect the Digital Beijing Building will always be under renovation, evolving, keeping pace with technology,” states Pei Zhu.


www.studiopeizhu.com
www.urbanus.com.cn

 

Digital, Beijing

Digital, Beijing

Pic: Iwan Baan

  • Digital, Beijing

    Rendering: Studio Pei-Zhu

  • Digital, Beijing

    Pic: Iwan Baan

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