Building Bulletin: January / February 2014

Design, architecture and the latest construction news.

HASSELL-designed Dali Cang Shan Holiday Resort Hotel (pictured left) is one of the first hotels in Cang Shan to be operated by an international hotel chain. HASSELL designed the architecture and interior of this project in China’s south- western Yunnan province. The resort stands at the foot of the Cang Shan mountain range and overlooks the Dali Ancient town and Erhai Lake. The site is rich in culture and blessed with breathtaking scenery. The design is intended to showcase the most natural and authentic side of Dali. The design was inspired by five visual elements: the year-round snowcapped peak of Mountain Cang, the ever-changing cloud formations shrouding the mountains, the emerald waters of Lake Erhai, the terraced rice fields and traditional houses of the minority Bai people. 

BB HASSELL Palm Springs Chongqing thumbHASSELL’s Chongqing Palm Island project recently won several design awards including a bronze award at the 2013 MIPIM Asia Awards, winner of the Perspective Magazine’s “Best Commercial, Retail or Office” Architecture category and was recognized for design excellence in CIHAF2013’s “commercial building – mixed-use” category. The MIPIM Asia Awards consist of 11 categories and recognises the best works in Asia. Palm Island, Chongqing won in the “Best Retail & Leisure Development.” 

BB LAB South Taiping Road thumbLAB Architecture Studio has recently completed a detailed urban framework for Nanjing’s South Taiping Road. The 2km-long commercial street sits in the heart of the city and links the former Presidential Palace and the Confucius Temple. The redevelopment coincides with construction of a new underground metro line. LAB’s framework protects and enhances the heritage buildings and the key character of the street, while setting detailed design guidelines for major new developments sites with a capacity of 750,000m2. Working closely with local authorities, LAB has upgraded the movement network of the precinct, ensuring Nanjing’s old “Golden Street” is revitalized as a well-defined, active and pedestrian-friendly commercial boulevard.

BB LAB Wujin Xitaihu Council Building thumbConstruction of LAB’s Wujin Xitaihu Council Building has also come to completion – the winning design for the city’s new government office complex incorporates a 5-star hotel with full conference and meeting capability together with a range of restaurant and support facilities. The dramatic form of the building is part of the project’s integrated sustainable design, generated to create a self-shading form, which works in conjunction with a proposed sun shading and variable façade panel system to reduce peak heat loading. This building is designed to achieve a 2 star Chinese green star energy rating (equivalent to Australian 5 star green building rating).

BB Woods Bagot VankeChangpingMall thumbThe 104,400m2 Vanke Plaza, located in the heart of Changping District, Beijing, and designed by Woods Bagot’s San Francisco and Beijing studios, was unveiled on Christmas Eve, 24 December 2013. The new shopping mall reflects thoughtful retail planning coupled with innovative material application and was designed as a lively, vibrant and ‘colourful’ building, with a light and airy configuration that adheres to Vanke’s simple and elegant vision. 

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