Nanshan Marriage Registration Center
In China, the marriage registration office’s image is closely linked to the Government.
It is an office of the civil affairs department, normally perceived as a common and dull place, part of the bureaucracy. This turns the supposedly romantic idea of marriage registration into a routine and boring experience.
The Nanshan Marriage Registration Center is a new architectural idea that gives an experience for life and a permanent memory of the journey of marriage to new couples. It is also a medium for information display and for recording newly registered couples.
|A key point of the 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.|
The building site is located in the northeast corner of Lijing Park in the Nanshan district. The main building is placed on the northern side of the site, close to the street corner.
The building’s skin is a double layer structure, with the first layer using floral mesh aluminum to reveal the interior, and the second layer using glass walls to provide a weatherproof structure.
The building volume is divided into smaller spaces to achieve relative privacy. The walls are predominantly white to emphasize the saintly atmosphere of marriage registration.
A small pavilion on the southern side is connected to the main building by two bridges floating on a reflecting pool. The overall layout reveals this series of ceremonial spaces gradually and, at the same time, makes the main building a symbolic civil landmark.