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May 5, 2024

Completion of Bai'etan Greater Bay Area Art Center
Construction has recently completed on the Bai'etan Greater Bay Area Art Center in Guangzhou. Designed by the team led by He Jingtang, an academician at the Chinese Academy of Engineering, the center stands as a beacon of cultural significance, integrating the Guangdong Museum of Art, Guangdong Intangible Cultural Heritage Exhibition Center, and Guangdong Literature Museum. Rising 78.5 meters high with 11 above-ground floors and 2 underground, the center embodies the essence of "Bai'etan's artistic charm and the picturesque beauty of Yunshan."
    Highlighted by the "Time Archway," which seamlessly connects the three venues, the architectural marvel resembles a majestic white "cruise ship" set to embark on a journey of cultural exploration. Recognized for its innovative design, including the double-decker connecting corridors spanning the riverbanks, the center has been awarded the prestigious China Steel Structure Gold Award for its engineering excellence.

Situated in the vicinity of Guangzhou's historic Thirteen Hongs district, the nearly 360-meter-long "cultural cruise ship" harmonizes with the surrounding landscape, complementing landmarks such as the White Swan Hotel, Taikoo Wharf, and Shamian Island. Across the Pearl River, it resonates with iconic cultural and tourist destinations like Zhujiang New Town, the Canton Tower, Guangdong Museum, and Guangzhou Opera House. The building embodies both the rich heritage of the Maritime Silk Road and a forward-looking cultural skyline.

    He Jingtang emphasized that Guangzhou's topography has shaped its unique urban layout, characterized by the interplay of Baiyun Mountain and the Pearl River. Drawing inspiration from Lingnan architecture and considering climatic factors, the design integrates elements for shading, ventilation, heat insulation, and moisture resistance. Rooted in the cultural heritage of Lingnan traditional architecture, the art center is well-ventilated and open, inviting citizens to freely explore its interconnected spaces and platforms. The design seamlessly blends indoor and outdoor environments. From the vantage point of the third-floor arches, visitors can immerse themselves in the beauty of both indoor exhibitions and panoramic views of the majestic Pearl River.



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