Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.
Wangfujing street in Beijing,China in Latitude Studio with BIAD
May 19th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
MIX-USE COMPLEX in BEIJING, CHINA
When it is thought about cities, it is not about urban plans, or diagrams. It is about the capacity of cities to provide endless possibilities of living. It is really the experience of shapes and shadows, the experience of reflections, textures and so on… what create the urban experience.
The approach to this project started thinking about space conditions; social, urban, and architectonical. It was ended up manipulating the program with the objective to create an interior space, a surprising interior world that would become an extension of the existing urban scenario.
The proposal is base on building a gross-five facades using the required retail, hotel, and apartments square metres, in order to generate an inside space. Furthermore, a system of void spaces introduces a spatial configuration that brings daylight into the cube, and views from/to the surroundings.
The hotel rooms and apartments are been set up facing outside and inside space. Moreover, they have been thought in different and highly flexible systems in order to absorb any possible change in the future.
At the top, more apartments will be a remake of those hutongs structures where the limits between outside, and inside are blurred. It will create a unique living experience; the luxury experience of living in a forty-meter high apartment with views to the Forbidden City.
In the first-twenty century the section is the first thing that is drawn in the architectural process; mechanical escalators, elevators and contemporary light structures open an amazing number of architectural possibilities; i.e. the accumulation of different activities and uses in a successive sequence is currently possible.
All those inherited technologies have allowed to think about the possibility of a sectional urbanism; one that is not conceived in “x”, “y” axis, but is explored in “z”. In this case, it is proposed a scheme that uses the program to create a grandiose space. It has been used the entire client’s requirement in order to not only give an outstanding commercial solution, but creating a real icon in Wangfujing street, and therefore in Beijing.
Multiple examples of the historical Chinese architecture show the possibilities to create a core protected by a built perimeter. In this case, the section of the building will protect the inside commercial space. Instead of planning another plinth with a tower, it has been created a building with a crown.
Due to the vertical growth of the city, Chinese dwellings are under threat of disappear inside the urban fabric. Twisting the scheme would allow to achieve the best life condition beside a unique situation.
It has been look for a building able to have its own and individualist image rather than an architecture made by big commercial screens.
700 metres east, the Forbidden City generously shows a brilliant example of creating a building with its own landscape. In this particular site, it has been generated its own sublime views. Therefore, a DOME scheme has created, giving a successful answer to all requirements.
Since the Romans, the atrium has been a hole in a house or a building that injects light and air into the centre. In Wangfujing Street, the proposal is to create a container of artificiality where to produce an endless possibility of experience.
The approach to the project started thinking about space conditions; social, urban, and architectonical. The mass of program is manipulated with the objective to create a sectional urbanism where opposite activities and uses are set up in a successive sequence; a block which can contain the whole world.
The proposal is base on building a gross-five facades using the required retail, hotel, and apartments square metres, in order to generate an inside space. A system of void spaces introduces a spatial configuration which brings daylight into the cube, and views from/to the surroundings. 700 metres east, the historical Chinese Architecture -The Forbidden City- generously shows the possibilities to create a core protected by a built perimeter; creating its own world; its own views.
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