JDS has just been awarded first prize for their Hangzhou Waves scheme – a competition entry that called for the design of not one, but two buildings for the financial district of Hangzhou Xintiandi of Hangzhou, China. The two sloping volumes offer different exterior expressions and hold different programmatic entities (a hotel and an office building); yet, the forms are guided by similar attitudes regarding sunlight, green roofs, an active ground plane, etc, which immediately creates a strong relationship between the pair.
More about the winning competition entry after the break.
Placed nearly back-to-back, the buildings seemingly mirror each other as the hotel’s pixelated terraced volumes rise to their highest point around an inner courtyard, and the office building’s sleek profile elegantly slopes down to a more public scale, providing views of the surrounding park and canal.
Check out JDS’ series of diagrams which illustrate the proposal’s emphasis on creating two different structures derived from the same principles:
Project: Office space + Hotel
Type: Invited competition
Size: 120.000 m2
Client: Xin Tian Di
Status: Settled 2011
Location: Hangzhou, China
Team: JDS, MUDI, China CUC
JDS Partner in Charge: Julien De Smedt
Project Leader: Junhee Jung, Charlotte Lieske
Project Team: Andrew Griffin, Henning Stüben, Francisco Villeda, Gladys Greyl