The construction of both our designs for Callaway stores in Shenzen and Beijing is finally over and the shops are ready to welcome their first customers. It is always a big relief to see fulfilled our clients’ high expectations and our own expectations as designers.
We are very pleased to see that the construction of our design for Callaway store in Shenzen is going according to plan. We are looking forward to see the store once the construction will be definitely complete. We would like to thank the workers and the contractors for their great job in such a small amount of time. A big thank you goes of course to Callaway Management in Shanghai for believing in our concept.
Together with our design partners MLA+ we are glad to announce that our Teahouse, Library and the landscape design for Xiangmi Park in Shenzhen are currently under construction. The project will be completed in Summer 2017.
All buildings respond to their location in the park and each one of them offers a different experience in terms of function and indoor/outdoor relationship. Both the Teahouse and the Library incorporate, re-use and re-invent elements obtained from the site. reducing the environmental impact of the buildings.
For the Library the ground floor is accessible, open and inviting to visitors. Park`s walking paths become elevated walkways leading to the second and third floor where we find the exhibition area and the auditorium. In order to create free-flowing space there are no fixed dividing walls but only moveable.
The Visitor Centre and Teahouse have an open courtyard layout with a pergola along the south and west corner of the Park. The shaded walkways leading to the buildings border a semi-enclosed entrance square . The pedestrian highline of the park leads to the second floor of the buildings.
We are very happy to announce that your design ARCHWAY OF LIGHT has received an honorable mention from Building Trust International in the CAMBOO competition.
The pavilion is temporary and can be easily disassembled and rebuilt in any different locations. In order to avoid the use of foundations the whole structure is very light and the structural elements are fixed to the heavy bamboo planters at the four corners. The amount of bamboo elements is limited and the joints are extremely simple. The result is a multi-functional outdoor/indoor space with optimal natural light due to the central oculus and the stormwater protection and drainage. The ARCHWAY OF LIGHT combines the suggestive atmosphere of a classical Italian vault with a unique sensory experience during rainy days, when the visitors can see and hear the water flowing through the center of the pavilion.
Designed in collaboration with JDS Architects, our H project, headquarters of Internet service provider Hakim is completed in Hangzhou China.
This 16-floor office building is a block the size of the site with two voids traversing the building diagonally in plan, creating an iconic H shape. The void through the bottom floors becomes an arch which serves as a covered public space and is oriented to create a pathway between the two urban centers surrounding the site. It establishes and enhances a connection throughout the overall master-plan by creating a green node. By lifting its mass into an arch the building recreates a gateway between two surrounding public spaces rather than a hindering wall of office space. The double curved surface of the arch and the graphic pattern of green space invites passers-by to meander through.
The top void creates a stepped green recreational park reminiscent of ancient Chinese rice-field landscapes. The landscape also serves as rainwater retainer which re-uses natural water and cools down the building. It is oriented to provide maximum sunlight and views to the offices. Sunlight, access to fresh air and outdoor recreational space create a quality work environment.
By carving out voids the building offers spaces at a human scale with specific qualities, contrasting with the undifferentiated space created by recent development in Chinese cities. The design engages with Hangzhou’s rich and diverse architectural history by reinterpreting the traditional Chinese gateway and reconnecting with the city’s tradition of proximity to nature.
* Text and photo credits JDSA