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Taungthaman Lake Conference Center and Banquet Hall, Mandalay, Myanmar
Design Firm: EARC China + LIN CONG Architects
Architect: Lin Cong
Floor Area: conference center 5000m2, banquet hall 9000m2
Taungthaman Lake Resort Town spans over 150 acres along the southeast bank of Taungthaman lake of the fascinating Mandalay city. The world-renowned U Bein bridge abuts the northern tip of the project, and multiple royal palace and Buddhist heritage sites are within an hour’s drive from the project site. The urbanization of the city has reached the lake’s vicinity; a preservation development strategy is the best way to meet the requirements for an international tourist resort and the needs to protect the world-class cultural heritage. The project aims for low-density development with a 0.5 FAR to ensure a sustainable community with unspoiled natural landscapes. The building types include shophouses, a low-rise commercial center, hotels, a banquet hall complex and a conference center.
The schematic concept aims to create a structure that invokes a pristine beauty with light and open spaces. The distinctly tropical bamboo is used as the main building material, that matches well with the ancient teak bridge nearby. The light and airy gallery helps the building merge with the peninsular plot embraced by lake water. The abundance of open spaces will be a much welcome feature in such a scorching climate zone and creates a sense of accessibility for local people.
The banquet hall will become Mandalay’s largest professional banquet hall for marriage ceremony, which can also be used as a nice venue for convention and exhibition. The main hall can accommodate up to 1200 people, while the two side halls, lake-view compartments and alfresco decks can provide room for another 700 guests. A palatial style with Burmese flavors is adopted to honor the traditional importance of marriage; dark timber highlighted with golden lines bring out a lively atmosphere and a modern touch. The main function spaces and kitchen are laid out on the second floor. The L-shaped grand gallery interconnects the main and side banquet halls with the ground-level entrance. The ground level is a stilt floor for parking and service spaces. Guests, VIPs and service staff have independent circulation routes.