The Village at Sanlitun (North)Edit profile
Village North With the creation of wealth in modern China comes the question of how to spend it. There is no shortage of offer to resolve this problem. Many shopping malls with luxury brand shops, international five star hotels, karaoke lounges and night clubs are being completed in Beijing, to cater for the needs of the Xinguai- the new aristos. Village North is not another attempt to add to the long list of marble cladded shopping malls in the city. The vision is one of streets, squares and gardens, generously proportioned, and human in scale, shops and cafes on the ground floor, and galleries, office chambers and restaurants on the upper floors. The Village North consists of 8 buildings of total 30,230 sqm above ground, a lower ground arcade of 15,307 sqm, and a basement car park and back-of-house of 18,643 sqm. 5 of the buildings were constructed as shell-and-core for respectable brands and operators to customise, as much as the case of Village South. Buildings N3 and N4 provide the anchor cluster of relatively smaller retailers managed to a greater extent by the developer. These were completed with elevations, public area fit-out, mechanical circulation and overall architectural design. Architectural features, canopies, soft and hard landscape, lighting and signage provide the coherence. Architecture at the Village North was designed to celebrate seasons. Public gardens and vertical greening. Twists and turns, indentations and projections: the project was designed for life between buildings. Reconstituted timber louvre façade. Cor-Ten perforated screen of changing shadows, copper shingles that absorbs and catches the Beijing sun. The building materials will season. Village North aims to bring back restraint and craftsmanship - qualities which are essential to civilized life but difficult to find in modern Beijing.