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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.

SHUM YIP UpperHills LOFT in Shenzhen, China by URBANUS

July 9th, 2019 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: URBANUS

This base is a high-end commercial complex with 6 high-rise towers containing offices, hotels and business apartments. Adjacent to the CBD district, it is also located between two central parks in Shenzhen. URBANUS’ design task was to construct a 100,000 m2 loft of apartments and offices on top of a shopping center larger than 60,000 m2.

To release the enormous pressure from the vertical dimension of the high-rise tower, we take advantage of the large area of the LOFTs, creating two artificial mountain volumes, in response to the huge scale of the towers. At the same time, the design connects the project to the natural form of the surrounding Lianhua and Bijia Mountains. This design also encloses a quiet space, by connecting the 3-4 level high-density office LOFT through exquisite sidewalks, creating a small town with rich spatial variation. There are also some public spaces, such as the LOFT Theater and the Trading & Exhibition Center that gradually transform the “big” and “solid” periphery space to the “small” and “dynamic” inner region. The Loft Town has accommodated a shopping mall, business offices and apartments, creating a new model of settlement which integrates residents, offices, shopping malls and cultural spaces.

Street view from southwest, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

  • Architects: URBANUS
  • Project: SHUM YIP UpperHills LOFT
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Photography: ZtpVision
  • Principal Architect: Meng Yan, Liu Xiaodu | Wang Hui (Interior)
  • Project General Manager: Zhang Changwen, Lin Haibin, Jiang ling
  • Project Manager: Zhou Yalin, Zhang Xinfeng, Zhang Jiajia
  • Project Architect: Zhao Jia, Travis Bunt, Juliana Kei (Architecture) | Zheng Na (Interior) | Wei Zhijiao (Landscape)
  • Team: Su Yan, Zhang Haijun, Lin Junyi, Wang Yanping, Sun Yanhua, Zang Min, Cao Jian, Han Xiao, Zhang Ying, Wang Ping, Li Nian, Chen Guanhong, Yu Xinting, Xie Shengfen, Liu Kan, Silan Yip, Darren Kei, Sam Chan, Neo Wu, Danil Nagy, Daniel Fetcho, Yuan Nengchao, Lian Lili, Wang Lianpeng, Chen Hui, Zheng Zhi, Li Weibin, Milutin Cerovic (Architecture) | Fang Xue, Liu Nini, Chen Biao, Li Xintong, Li Yongcai, Zhu Yuhao, Gao Jieyi, Chen Zhenzhen (Interior) | Lin Ting, Zhang Yingyuan (Landscape) | Xu Luoyi (Technical Director) | Wang Fang, Wang Yingzi, Wen Qianyue, Tang Disha, Guo Xusheng, Su Wushun, Tian Ye, Wang Jiahui, Tian Tao, Li Jiapei, Yu Kai, Shi Xianlin, Zhang Zhimin, Lin Xiaoyan (Internship)

General view from southwest, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

  • Structural & Mechanical Collaborator: ARUP
  • Construction Documents Collaborator: CAPOL
  • Interior Design Collaborator: Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co., Ltd.
  • Landscape Collaborator: Shenzhen BLY Landscape & Architecture Planning & Design Institute
  • Facade Consultant: Zhuhai Jingyi Glass Engineering
  • Lighting Design Consultant: SPEIRS+MAJOR
  • Logo Design Consultant: Corlette Design
  • Tower & Ballroom Building Design: SOM
  • Retail Podium Design:  Arquitectonica
  • Site Area: 64,000 m2(Top Area of Shopping Mall)
  • Floor Area: 105,000 m2
  • LOFT Building Storey: 3~14
  • LOFT Building Height: 36.45-67.5m
  • Design: 2012-2013
  • Construction: 2012-2018

General view from southwest, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

General view, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

The standard floor height of the apartment loft in A District is 9 meters, which can be flexibly divided and used; verandas are set on the north and south sides, which endows the room with good ventilation and sun protection. Every household has a private courtyard, where neighbors can interact and socialize, while having their own private space. For the facade, we use a greyish twisted grid in order to maximize the performance of the material.

In B District, the hotel loft and office loft enclose an inner garden, where a black box theater is set to stimulate future cultural activities in this region. The facades are decorated with white ceramic plates with rough texture, giving people the feeling of getting back to nature.

Bird's-eye view from south, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Aerial view from northeast, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

In C District, there are over twenty office lofts with 3-4 stories, forming small “villages”. These lofts were arranged by groups, each with a courtyard. The lanes inside have the width of 4-6m and between these groups are open spaces with streets of 8-15m in width. Overhead channels, terraces, courtyards, balconies and galleries are interspersed among them, forming various spatial structures.

The office platform and business platform are connected by vertical transports. Workers can stroll in the mall when they are downstairs, and go back upstairs to work very conveniently. In the north is a residential area, and in the south people can see exhibitions in D District. The LOFT Town in UpperHills, by using a new building model, creates for its residents a multi-dimensional lifestyle.

Partial view of bird's-eye, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Partial view of bird's-eye, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

D District is another “mountain” across from District A, located on the south side of the base. As a part of the government, it was initially set as the headquarter office. The depth of the building volume varies from 26m to 56m. By creating holes throughout the building’s facades, the inner courtyards were set in different areas. This design would greatly enrich the levels of indoor and outdoor space. In the inner part of the building, aisles connect different levels of spaces, including inner courtyards, lounges and outdoor overhead platforms, forming a rich spatial experience.

Partial view of bird's-eye, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Partial night view of bird's-eye, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Inner street, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Inner street, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Inner street, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Corridor in A zone, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Platform and joint gallery in D zone, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Platform and joint gallery in D zone, Image Courtesy © ZtpVision

Site analysis, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Site photo, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Site plan, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Sitemap, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Formal strategy, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Sketch of the“ring”, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Massing concept diagram, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Axonometric annotated, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

Sectional perspective, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

A zone south façade detail annotated, Image Courtesy © URBANUS

A zone_south & north façade unit, Image Courtesy © URBANUS


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Categories: Apartments, Commercial Building, complex, Exhibition Center, Garden, Headquarters, Hotel, Office Building, Office space, Offices, Park, public spaces, shopping center, Skyscrapers, Theater, Tower

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