MCEC (Midwest Commodity Exchange Centre) is a trade center for metal products located at a center of Xi’ an International Trade & Logistics Park.
This region is positioned as one of regional headquarters of China’s New Silk Road, and a new urban development has recently started there. MCEC has a rich historical and cultural background of Silk Road, and the urban landscape as a landmark representing international trade with the new transportation infrastructure is expected for MCEC.
MCEC is composed of seven buildings which can be categorized as follows: “bridge” buildings representing connection between south-north and east-west transportations, namely Towers A, C, D, and E; “gold seal” buildings representing international trade fairs, namely Tower B; and “gate” buildings, which are a pair of hexagonal columns representing the new urban development, namely Towers F and G. Generating complex silhouettes, these buildings comprising mainly of trade and conference rooms, express the dynamic sequence of urban landscape that changes constantly in all directions according to the shifting viewpoints in motion.
Tower B, accommodating the operational headquarters of MCEC, is clad in three-dimensional façade expanding upwards with irregular patterns. Its curtain walls of the honeycomb design visualize the network patterns. The other six towers are clad in flat SSG curtain walls assembled in various angles, reflecting the honeycomb patterns. In addition, each façade is divided in different sizes according to the orientation, with “dot lines” on it made of silk-printed glass with shading louvers equipped with internal LED lighting. At night, fragments of light stream along the façades according to a special lighting program and create a spectacular and active urban landscape.
Design by: Interdesign Associates + Hugo Kohno Architect Associates
Photos by: Interdesign Associates & Javier Callejas Sevilla (Courtesy of Hallucinate Design Office)