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.
Chicony Plaza in Chengdu, China by Goettsch Partners designed using AutoCAD
September 9th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Goettsch Partners
A 37-story mixed-use complex in Chengdu, China, recently reached substantial completion and opened its first phase, the 111,500-square-meter Chicony Plaza department store. Occupying a full city block adjacent to a vibrant public square in the central business district of Chengdu, the complex is anchored by the 12-story department store, with a 25-story Grand Hyatt hotel above.
The complex is designed to maximize program-specific relationships within the existing urban context. By asymmetrically stacking the hotel tower above the retail podium, the design helps integrate the building’s mass with its surroundings. The orientation of the podium entry to the north creates an ideal relationship with the active urban plaza. The hotel tower, sited to the south, provides all rooms with unobstructed views and abundant natural light. The two primary masses of podium and tower are unified by a series of stepped gardens that are accessible from the hotel’s sky lobby, ballrooms and dining facilities.
The primary material palette of opaque white glass and high-performance vision glazing establishes a dramatic contrast within the urban context. The façade design is organized by a series of architectural “planes and reveals” that provide scale to the project, while the shifting windows and joint patterns create a sense of visual movement across the taut exterior surfaces. Contemporary “retail awnings” are formed by cantilevered glass volumes that activate the base of the building. These cantilevered volumes provide a continuous rhythm of canopies for pedestrians while organizing the podium’s extensive signage and advertising needs.
The department store is one of the largest in central China, and the hotel will feature 450 rooms at full build-out. A scheduled soft opening for the hotel is planned for late 2012.
Goettsch Partners is a Chicago-based architecture firm providing innovative architectural, interior, planning and building enclosure design services. With additional offices in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, the firm’s work spans four continents. Recently completed projects include premier office towers in Beijing, Chicago and Shanghai, along with luxury business hotels in China, India and the United States. Select current projects include the new Chicago office of international law firm Baker & McKenzie; the North American headquarters of pharmaceutical company Astellas in Glenview, Illinois; Northwestern University’s new signature music building in Evanston, Illinois; China’s Tianjin R&F Guangdong Tower, which will be one of the country’s tallest buildings at 500 meters; a 900-room Hilton hotel in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and a 3 million-square-foot office development in Abu Dhabi that features the headquarters building of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
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