Architects: Spark Architects
Location: Guangzhou, China
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Project Architect: Wenhui Lim
Design Team: Carlo Joson, Cynthia Liau, Rafal Kapusta, Conyee Chan, Jessica Leong, Darmaganda, Mark Mancenido, Marc Zara
Area: 33,000 sqm
Photographs: Guangzhou Vanke
Located at the heart of East Guangzhou’s Science Town district Spark’s project comprises a retail street and a SOHO residential development. A contemporary interpretation of the Xintiandiurban village a car-free shopping, eating and residential district is composed of 2 storey shop lots that face the highway and a central alley and public square. The shop lots serve as a mixture of convenience stores, cafes and restaurants with outdoor seating located in the sensitively landscaped streets.
The convivial pedestrian environment is overlooked by the sculpted form of the SOHO residential building that featurescolourful pop out balconies; the balconies break up the scale of the building assisting in the creation articulated three-dimensional hillsidecum urban village milieu for the developmentwhich has been hailed as the first lifestyle centre in Guangzhou.