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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
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.

Science Town in Guangzhou, China by Spark Architects

 
September 3rd, 2013 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Spark Architects

Located at the heart of East Guangzhou’s Science Town district Spark’s project comprises a retail street and a SOHO residential development. A contemporary interpretation of the Xintiandi (Heaven on Earth) urban village a car-free shopping, eating and residential district is composed of 2 storey shop lots that face the highway and a central alley and public square. The shop lots serve as a mixture of convenience stores, cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating located in the sensitively landscaped streets.

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  • Architects: Spark Architects
  • Project: Science Town
  • Location: Guangzhou, China
  • Photography: Guangzhou Vanke
  • Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
  • Project Architect: Wenhui Lim
  • Team: Carlo Joson, Cynthia Liau, Rafal Kapusta, Conyee Chan, Jessica Leong, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Marc Zara
  • Client: Guangzhou Vanke
  • LDI: The Architectural Design & Research Institute of Guangdong Province.
  • Construction Started, Completed: 2011_Nov-2012_June
  • Total GFA (sqm): 33,000m2

Image Courtesy © Guangzhou Vanke

The convivial pedestrian environment is overlooked by the sculpted form of the SOHO residential building that features colorful pop out balconies; the balconies break up the scale of the building assisting in the creation articulated threedimensional hillside cum urban village milieu for the development which has been hailed as the first lifestyle centre in Guangzhou.

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On SPARK:

SPARK is an award-winning international architectural and design consultancy with proven expertise in architecture, urban design, landscape architecture and interior design. Founded in 2008, SPARK creates distinctive projects across Asia, Europe and the Middle East. Boasting a dynamic team of over 100 employees spanning 16 nationalities and three continents, SPARK combines the best experience of international and local talent.

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Driven by a philosophical approach to create architecture that is pragmatic, social and convivial, SPARK works closely with clients to create sustainable architecture that is underpinned by financial viability and the desire to improve the quality of life for all. With a presence in
Beijing, London, Shanghai and Singapore, SPARK’s award winning projects include the rejuvenated Clarke Quay in Singapore, the Shanghai International Cruise Terminal, Starhill Gallery Kuala Lumpur and the Raffles City projects in Ningbo and Beijing.

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