The design proposal seeks to transform the existing landscape into a more dynamic one. In this project, we combine the different functions of the program (building and landscape) into a single entity in order to create a new dialogue between nature and human habitats and a continuous flow through the entire site.
The project balances many opposing pairs:
• Building and landscape
• Mountain and plain
• Courtyard and terrace
• Hard and soft form
• Low and high levels
• White and green
The buildings are created by raising two opposite corners to create a man-made landscape enclosing the site. The other two corners allow a pedestrian flow across the site. The continuous roof is pixelated into a series of terraced gardens, hardscape, landscape and allotments for residents, which cascade down from the tallest parts of the scheme. Below the roof the residential program is organized, and parking is located under a raised central courtyard at ground level. The manipulation of the ground condition enhances the feeling of continuity: in the horizontal direction between one side of the building and the other, and in the vertical dimension between the earth and sky.
ProgramResidential, shops, public parkMaterialWhite Concrete, White Steel, Glass, VegetationLocationRuichang, ChinaDate2015ClientHua Yan Cultural Investment Ltd, BeijingCreativersal International Ltd, Hong KongArchitectHof Architects, LondonDesign TeamStephane Hof with Renata Dantas Structural EngineerOve Arup, Shanghai Andrew Luong; Eric SturelBuilding SustainabiltyOve Arup, Shanghai Frederick Wong; Kathy Chang; Lillian LeeFacade EngineeringOve Arup, Shanghai Jeff Tsai; Alex ChenServices EngineerOve Arup, Shanghai Gang Chen; Wen-Jing DongElectrical EngineerOve Arup, Shanghai Sam SiuPublic HealthOve Arup, Shanghai Yewande AkinolaEcologistAude de Liedekerke, London TypeUIA / International CompetitionStatusAward / Honorary Mention WinnerSize16500 m2Site10500 m2