Italian and Chinese architecture combine in Chengdu, China, complex

The city of Chengdu, China, has a construction history that extends back 2,300 years, but its civilization dates back almost double that. Much more recently, in the 13th century, Venetian merchant and explorer Marco Polo arrived in the city after traveling along portions of the route that later became known as the Silk Road. In homage to that historic visit — and to build a modern-day platform for cultural exchange between the two countries — Beijing-based architecture firm aoe was commissioned to design the Sino-Italian Cultural Exchange City Reception Center with elements of both Italian and Chinese architecture.