Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre
by Urbanus

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Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Chinese firm Urbanus has created a cylindrical registry office in Shenzhen that looks like it's been showered with confetti.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

The architects wanted to create a more romantic environment for marriage registration, which they claim has lost its sense of ceremony due to the setting of most registry offices in China.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Wedding parties at the Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre arrive and depart ceremoniously across long narrow bridges, which oversail a pool of water in front of the building.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Small square panels speckle the building's gridded aluminium skin to create the confetti-like exterior.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Inside the building, all the partitioning walls are curved and the metal facade is visible behind a glazed curtain wall.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Other wedding venues on Dezeen include a pop-up chapel made of cardboard and a coin-operated marriage machine.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

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Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Photography is by MengYan and Wu Qiwei.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Here's some more details from Urbanus:


Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre

In China, the marriage registration office’s image 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 Centre by Urbanus

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.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

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.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

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.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

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”.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

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.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

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.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Location: The intersection of Changxing Rd.and Nantou St.,Nanshan Distrit, Shenzhen
Design Period: 2008-2011
Construction: 2009.11-2011.10
Site Area: 3002.5m2
Floor Area: 977.5m2
Description of Structural System: Steel Structure
Principal Materials Used: Steel, Aluminum plate, Glass, Stone, etc.

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Project Designers:
Design Director: Meng Yan
Technical Director: Zhu Jialin ,Wu Wenyi
Project Director: Fu Zhuoheng, Zhang Zhen,Wei Zhijiao

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Architecture Designers: Wang Jun, Hu Zhigao,Yin Yujun, Li Qiang, Zhang Xinfeng
Landscape Designers: Liao Zhixiong, Lin Ting, Yu Xiaolan, Liu Jie

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

Collaborator: Guoqun Studio (Interior Design);
Shenzhen Keyuan Construction Group co.,Ltd (Curtain wall Design)
Client: Public Works Bureau of Nanshan District
Construction Bureau of Nanshan District

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

(LDI) Structure/ MEP (Mechanical, Electrical, Plumbing):
Guangzhou RBS Architecture Engineer Design Associates
General Contractor: Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co.,Ltd
Guangdong 8th Construction Group co.,Ltd

Nanshan Marriage Registration Centre by Urbanus

  • Josh FIscher

    This building is next to my apartment in Shenzhen. I am an industrial designer for Microsoft and always find the architecture in Shenzhen very inspiring. The building makes the area seem very peaceful and calm, living in Shenzhen those factors are very important.

    • amazing

      it is so similar to the 2007 "registro civil" project by mute arquitectura (www.mutearquitectura.com) that it makes you think….

  • http://uptodayarch.blogspot.com up_today_arch

    The building is dissolved in the space… Nice!

  • Bradley B.

    a fantastic way to make a lovely experience tangible!

  • orange peel

    Good to see that Urbanus have included the CCP crest in their shots (not their design). There was once a great brutalist registry office in Sheffield, UK, unfortunately demolished a few years ago. This building reminds me of that in its bold circular design. Lets hope this one lasts longer than in its fellow socialist (not really) republic!

  • Leo

    How do they clean the outer facade glass?!

  • http://www.chinesebrides.info Rod

    Wow, very nice pictures you got here!