A contemporary art museum, a grand theatre and a small theatre looking like 3 hibiscus mutabilis blooming on the bank of Meixi Lake, is not only a testimony of Zaha Hadid architectural concept but also a showcase of her astounding aesthetics. By adopting the concept of "ripples" of the flower petals falling into Meixi Lake, this 3-part complex is uniquely defined and exquisite.
Mimicking the beautiful curves, seamless and flowing lines of a flower pedal, means unimaginable engineering difficulty for the design and construction team. A total of 11,924 unique pieces of GRC cladding panel were used. To create such pieces in the first place, BIM technology was used for accurate and unique modelling. However, the hardest part was the installation process, during which, the deviation between each cladding panel and the designated position was controlled within plus/minus 2mm tolerance to ensure the integrity of the whole building.