Category: Small Public
Principal Architect: Meng Yan

Designers: Zhu Jialin, Wu Wenyi | Fu Zhuoheng, Zhang Zhen, Wei Zhijiao | Wang Jun,  Hu Zhigao, Yin Yujun, Li Qiang, Zhang Xinfeng | Liao Zhixiong, Lin Ting, Yu Xiaolan, Liu Jie

 

In China, the image of marriage registration office is closely linked with the Government. In reality, the Registry is an office of the civil affairs department, so it is normally perceived as a common and dull place, as part of the bureaucracy. This situation turns the supposedly romantic and exciting idea of marriage registration into a routine and boring experience. Nanshan Marriage Registration Center is a new architectural type, for which the architects hope to bring new life experiences to new couples, and to create a medium for information display, recording of newly registered couples, and also retain for the city a permanent memory of the journey of marriage.

The site of the project is in Lijing Park in Nanshan district, located in the Northeast corner of the park, approximately 100 meters long and 25 meters in width. The main building is placed in the northern side of the site, close to the street corner. A small pavilion on the southern side is connected with the main building by two bridges floating on a reflecting pool. The overall arrangement reveals this series of ceremonial spaces gradually. At the same time, it also makes the main building a symbolic civil landmark.

A key point of this design is to discover how to organize the personal ceremonial experience. A continuous spiral shows part of the process in the whole sequence—“arriving, approaching to the wedding hall with the focus of relatives, photographing, waiting, registering, ascending, overlooking, issuing, descending slope, passing the water pool, and reuniting with relatives”. For the design of the building, the whole volume is divided into smaller spaces to achieve relative privacy. The remainder of the whole building is full of a flow that creates a rich spatial effect. The building’s skin is separated into a double layer structure, with the first layer using a floral mesh aluminum to reveal the interior, and the second layer using glass walls to provide a weatherproof structure. The overall inside space and the outside facade are all white in order to show the saintly atmosphere of marriage registration.

 

Credits:

Project Location: Changxing Rd. & Nantou Street, Nanshan District, Shenzhen
Project Period: 2008-2011    Project Status: Completed      Site Area: 3,003㎡      Floor Area: 978㎡

Client: Public Works Bureau of Nanshan District, Construction Bureau of Nanshan District
Interior Design Collaborator: Guoqun Studio;  Structure Collaborator: Guangzhou RBS Architecture Engineer Design Associates | Shenzhen Tianyu Dynamo-electric Engineering Design Firm
LDI Collaborator: Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co.,Ltd;  Logo Collaborator: HuangYang Design;  General Contractor: Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co.,Ltd, Guangdong 8th Construction Group co.,Ltd
Photographer: MengYan, Wu Qiwei

 

Awards:

2015 Honorable mention awards for Shenzhen Creative Design Award
2012 The SZ/HK Lifestyle Awards“Annual Humanistic Space Award”
2012 Shortlisted for the 3rd China Architecture Media Award, The Best Architecture Prize
2012 Shortlisted for the WA Chinese Architecture Award

 

Publications:

深圳當代建筑(2000-2015)2016 南山婚姻登記中心: 200-205
《In設計》,2014.11,“【公共空間在中國】Case Studies見證幸福的銀鈴,新時代婚姻登記中心”
Architecture Now! 9,德國,2013,p450-455,“Nanshan marriage registration center”
Perspective magazine,2013,“nanshan marriage registration center”
《藝術與設計》,2013.12,P111,“西岸與建筑雙年展:以建筑之名,謀城市之路”
《住區》,2013,p19,“南山婚姻登記中心”
《走向公民建筑——第三屆中國建筑傳媒獎2011-2012》,2013.4,p54-59,“南山婚姻登記中心”
《西岸2013建筑與當代藝術雙年展?建筑/藝術分冊》,2013,p72-77/154-157
藝術與設計 CASE DA ABITARE,意大利,2012.5,p65-67,“幸福的儀式”
Frame,意大利,2012.2,“南山婚姻登記中心”
《阿拉丁 光 影 空間》,臺灣,2012.6,“婚禮與光的初體驗”
《時代建筑》,2012.7,p116-123,“城市禮儀空間的再生”
香港商報,香港,2012.4,“南山婚禮堂走進生活”
建筑學報,2012.3,“南山婚禮堂”p10-17
深圳特區報 2012.4,“好的設計應該能改善生活”
深圳特區報,2012.8,“南山婚姻登記中心”
南方都市報,2012.4,“婚姻登記處,這回長得有人味、有體溫、有儀式感了”,SA36版
晶報,2012.4,“設計與生活論壇 讓婚禮遠離酒店”
新浪地產,2012.4,“首期‘設計與生活’公眾論壇”
《外灘畫報》,2012.7,p66-70,“非主流結婚登記處”
《2011中國建筑藝術年鑒》, 中國,“南山婚姻登記中心”
《建筑2012——當代中國建筑論壇作品集》大連理工大學出版社(DETAIL),2012,“南山婚姻登記中心”
《UED》 2012,“南山婚姻登記中心”
《室內設計師》, 2012.9,“南山婚姻登記中心”p122-129
《panorama萬象》,2012.6,p33-34,“新標志”
《時尚國際 創刊號》,2012.1,“南山婚姻登記中心”p158-163
《設計之都》,2012.6,“櫬托婚姻的神圣”P74-83
《設計新潮》,2012.6,p92-97,“婚姻的殿堂”

Archdaily網站,美國,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Chinese-architects網站,美國,2012.5,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Onlydesigned.com網站,美國,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Dezeen網站,英國,2012.6,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Archiportale網站,西班牙,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Arcspace網站,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Designboom網站,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
ILikeArchitecture.net網站,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Morfae網站,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心”
Onlydesigned網站,2012.3,“南山婚姻登記中心