CapitaLand, one of Asia’s largest real estate developers, has completed a LEED Gold complex, Sliced Porosity Block, by renowned architect Steven Holl.
The project, measuring a total of 279,000m2, which was commissioned in 2008, is the latest in a long line of additions to Chengdu’s ever-growing skyline, and comprises a cluster of mixed-use high-rise buildings enshrining a triplet of plazas and six-storey mall.
The design was inspired by a local poet of the Tang Dynasty named Du Fu who wrote: “From the northeast storm-tossed to the southwest, time has left stranded in Three Valleys.”
Each plaza incorporates a time-themed water garden, the water from which is drawn through these plazas toward underwater skylights which form the ceiling of the mall below.
To keep in line with the stipulated minimum sunlight exposure to surrounding buildings, the white concrete frame has been interspersed with glass panels set at precise geometric angles.
The three water features also have a sustainability element as rainwater is captured by the triplet of ponds and recycled as grey water, while natural grasses and lily pads create a natural cooling effect.
These factors, coupled with the building’s geo-thermal cooling system, high-performance glazing and the use of regional materials have resulted in LEED Gold certification for the completed scheme.
Also on the cards for Chengdu, which is swiftly establishing itself as one of China’s most architecturally diverse cities, is the 1.3km2 eco-city, Chengdu Tianfu District Great City, by tall building specialists Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill.
Should this concept design be seen through to realisation, it will be connected with the main bulk of Chengdu by a new mass transit system.
Other notable Chengdu projects include KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten International’s Sino-German High-Tech Industrial Service Platform with its dramatic banded void and Aedas’ jagged Chengdu Megli the Celadon with the shapely series of 30 curvilinear clubhouses by Keppie.