ASPECT Studios recently won the Guangzhou Greenland Baiyun Centre competition to design the first landmark commercial development in Guangzhou Baiyun New City, China.
The project is a high end commercial complex incorporating a grade 5A office tower, to contain a 200m high, retail commercial and apartment hotel complex. To complement the Baiyun mountain setting, the landscape design eschews the typical office tower/mixed use formula to create an indoor-outdoor destination. Great importance was placed on clear circulation patterns, pedestrian scale spaces and details. The design intent was to provide a clean, simple design to unify the building architecture with the city fabric and have open multi-use areas that offer flexibility. Design ideas considered the humid subtropical climate, providing shade and cooling.
Signature design elements include :
RED CARPET: Distinctive pavement with lighting design extends the mall atrium and office lobby to the street and metro station.
PLAZA : With a variety of spaces that provide different pedestrian experiences. For example, covered seating pavilions and a series of stone water tables to modulate the space.
VINE HOUSE: A three story vine house structure overlooks the proposed central park with a green vertical garden that also connects the overhead skywalks and upper floor balconies.
PARKLAND: To contrast the plaza, a parkland forest surrounds the entire block to provide a lush garden.
GREEN WELLS: There are two main light wells; northwest light well offers a circular forest courtyard and the east light has a circular reflecting pool.