Fake Hills
FAKE HILLS 2008-2011 Beihai, China Under-Construction Scheduled to be completed in 2011 Type: Residential Apartment Site Area: 109,203sqm Building Area: 492,369sqm Building Height: Slab-106m; Tower-194m Associate Engineers: Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE) Structural Engineers: Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE) Mechanical Engineer: Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE) Throughout China’s ultra-rapid urbanization, attention has been focused on set-piece architecture: opera houses, museums, stadia. However these would-be icons are the exception rather than the rule. The vast majority of development in China¡¯s new cities takes the form of residential schemes, often standardized and cheap to guarantee a quick return for the developer. Is it possible to build high-density, economically viable housing which is also architecturally innovative? This development is located in the coastal city of Beihai, on a long, narrow waterfront site. The design concept combines the two conventional structures (high-rise towers or long slab) to create the curved outline in the form of the man-made hills. This shape can maximize the views of residents; it also builds up a close relationship with the waterfront and the land behind it. The continuous platform along the roof becomes the public space for the residents, with green space, tennis ground, swimming pool etc. on top of the man-made hills. Openings cut through the structure, allowing sea views and wind to penetrate it. A further reference point is traditional Chinese architecture’s obsession with nature. Rather than sitting the building in a perfect, man-made natural garden, our structure becomes the man-made natural shape itself: fake hills for the residents to live on. The design provides both a high density solution and a new landmark for the city. Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Qun Dang Design Team: Xue Yan, Xu Dongxin, Wang Wei, Tang Liu, Zhang Jie, Ren Xiaowei, Kristie Park, Dinah Zhang, Fernie Lai, Fu Changri, Zheng Tao


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