The towers are conceived as a strong element in consonance with the surrounding hilly scene. The facade is a vertical structure composed of timber and stone plates. The landscape is based on a flexible and organic circulation.
James Tendayi Matsuku
Liu Xiao Pu
Ground Floor area: 110000 m2
Location: Guanyuan, China
Client: GP&D and private developer
Engineering and consulting: LKS Ingeniería.
Guangyuan is a city in Southwest China, Sichuan Province. Located in a mountainous region on the banks of Jialing River, the urban centre has expanded on the south bank of the river, where the project is located. The master plan is conceived in harmony with the surrounding hilly landscape. The buildings rise over the steep slopes becoming a milestone, a sober and expressive landmark, which solves the programme requirements by archiving the desired plot ratio and increasing the green area by minimising the building footprint.
The Southern side of the plot has a strong residential character. It comprises blocks orientated North-South and surrounded by a park, where the public facilities are located. On the contrary, the Northern side is designed to have an urban atmosphere. The four main towers are located on top of a commercial podium, establishing a dialogue with the rest of the city.
The overall building façade combines a sober, domestic feel. The residential blocks stand out for the floor slabs, which are prominent horizontal elements containing a permeable skin made of sliding louvers. While the vertical and monolithic presence of the towers is reinforced by an irregular wood and stone cladding.
In contrast to the rational layout of the blocks, the green areas are provided with a flexible and organic circulation.
Several roads of different character spread out from the centre connecting the different entrance points and emphasising the elastic layout of the landscape. Its width is set according to the importance of each entrance. The spaces in between are designed with diverse types of vegetation, depending on their use.
In order to optimise the ventilation and natural illumination of the units, each block width has been fixed to 12.5m, establishing a comprehensive structural system both for the buildings and the basement car park located underneath.