Phoenix International Media Center
CHINA / BEIJING
Phoenix International Media Center locates in the southwest corner of Chaoyang Park, Beijing’s largest park, which was once home to the 2008 Summer Olympic beach volleyball games. The interior of the shell includes two independent office towers connected and surrounded by a series of platforms and sky ramps. The interior also provides a great deal of open space for the public to interact with different media outlets. The elevation difference between the building’s two ends allows not only for optimum sunlight exposure throughout the offices, but also serves as a special consideration for the residential buildings next door who would otherwise have an obstructed view of the park. The curvaceous shell is conceptually derived from the mobius, a continuous strip with no beginning or end. An expansive glass facade wraps around the monumental atrium reaching a grand thirty meters in height creating a chimney effect to ventilating the spaces.