Client: China Local Government


Walker Commercial Architects were invited to take part in a design competition for a new Civic Centre in Yinchuan, a city in North-West China. The design was selected in the top three, to proceed to the final stages of the competition. The design plays on the local geography and culture, and reflects the new open face of government and local administration in China. Features of the design include the soaring curved roofs and the sloping ramparts forming the building base, reminiscent of the gate structures of traditional Chinese towns.

During the day the interplay of light and shade models the building form with its sensuous curves and dynamic overhanging cantilevers. At night the building becomes a lantern accentuating the massing of the building with its solid and void.