Car ownership continues to go through the roof in China. According to the republic’s Ministry of Public Security, there are now at least 114 million registered automobiles. Couple that with a love of luxury, and it’s easy to see why Marques and Jordy’s extravagant car showroom design has got the go-ahead.
Actually to call it a car showroom is doing the building a disservice. It’s more of an exhibition centre for motor sports and vehicles of all brands. Hence its vehicular aesthetic: vast shiny red ribbon-like curves.
“With the Oasis Expo Centres, we are transforming the love for sports cars into sensational architecture,” says M&J architect Yu Jordy Fu, who goes on to compare the three sets of folds to the “curvy and sexy lines of cars and movement”. The best view is from overhead, where the Ferrari-red undulations really come into their own.
This 60,00sq-m centre is scheduled to break ground in September, in the Longquan District of Chengdu, and will be followed by a string of others across China.
Jordy is full of praise for China’s more adventurous architecture: “It's commonly believed that China has no creativity and all buildings look the same, as copies of each other. This couldn't be further from the truth. China's cities are an inspirational burst of creativity and engineering.”
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