Billed as "a socially harmonious, environmentally friendly and resource-conserving city," Tianjin Eco-City is a collaborative effort by the Chinese and Singaporean governments to develop a sustainable city quarter on China's east coast. Now, Steven Holl Architects has been given the go-ahead on designs for two marquee buildings in the "Eco-City."
Holl has been commissioned to design the Ecology Museum and Planning Museum in Tianjin's new cultural center. The Holl team conceived a Yin Yang concept, with one building acting as the inverse of the other. The Planning Museum is "subtractive," the firm explains, while the Ecology Museum is an "additive" complement.
A public plaza will sit between the two museums, and a high-speed tram will connect the site with the Eco-City's main business district. As for what exactly makes it an "Eco-City," well, that's difficult to glean from the website copy, which reads like overwrought government propaganda. The project is 30 percent complete, and will eventually be home to 350,000 residents.