The Changzhou Olympics Centre and international Exhibition Centre (COCIEC), completed in September 2008 after more than two years of construction work, is the cultural and sports centre of Changzhou, and one of the city's most important projects. The design of the new facility, which includes an open air stadium, an indoor stadium, a swimming pool and an exhibition centre, embodies the concept of “a region of water and magnolia flowers, south of the Yangtze river”.
The magnolia, appropriately, is the emblem of the city of Changzhou. Accordingly, everything from the basic architecture to the stadium skylights had to resemble this symbolic flower.
The client and the architects also wanted the lighting concept to fall in with this requirement.
Working with the architects, the iGuzzini team put together a complete proposal for the project. After a number of discussions, the idea of using variable, coloured light for the stadium was accepted.
The 18 entrances to the stadium and the pool are equipped with transparent panels that reflect sunlight during the daytime, whereas at night a change of colour occurs, piloted by the control system.
The façade is lit by Platea floods. The lighting for the exhibition centre and the relative façade is provided by Gem pendant fixtures.
Italian Contribution to the project
Lighting fixtures for the 18 entrances to the stadium, the façade, the pool, the exhibition area.
iGuzzini illuminazione S.p.A.
Via Mariano Guzzini 37 - 62019 Recanati (MC)
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