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In Progress: Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Sliced Porosity Block, CapitaLand China’s new Raffles City in Chengdu, is a hybrid of different functions like a giant chunk of a metropolis. It will be located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and Ren Min Nan Road. Its sun sliced geometry results from required minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code and calculated by the precise geometry of sun angles. Architects: Steven Holl Architects Location: Chengdu, China Design Architect: Steven Holl, Li Hu Associate in Charge: Roberto Bannura Project Architects: Lan Wu, Haiko Cornelissen, Peter Englaender, JongSeo Lee Project Designer: Christiane Deptolla, Inge Goudsmit, Maki Matsubayashi, Sarah Nichols, Martin Zimmerli Project Team: Justin Allen, Jason Anderson, Francesco Bartolozzi, Guanlan Cao, Yimei Chan, Sofie Holm Christensen, Esin Erez, Ayat Fadaifard, Mingcheng Fu, Forrest Fulton, Runar Halldorsson, M. Emran Hossain, Joseph Kan, Suping Li, Tz-Li Lin, Yan Liu, Jackie Luk, Daijiro Nakayama, Pietro Peyron, Roberto Requejo, Elena Rojas-Danielsen, Michael Rusch, Ida Sze, Filipe Taboada, Manta Weihermann, Ebbie Wisecarver, Human Tieliu Wu, Jin- Ling Yu Model Photographs: Iwan Baan Under Construction Photographs: Steven Holl Architects

Associate Architects: China Academy of Building Research MEP and Fire Engineer: Ove Arup & Parners LEED Consultant: Ove Arup & Parnters Structural Engineer: China Academy of Building Research Quantity Surveyor: Davis Langdon & Seah Traffic Consultant: MVA Hong Kong Ltd Client: CapitaLand Development Project Area: 310,000 sqm Project Year: In Progress Steven Holl watercolors, construction drawings and photographs after the break.

The large public space framed by the block is formed into three valleys inspired by a poem of Du Fu (713-770). In some of the porous openings chunks of different buildings are inserted. Our micro urban strategy will create a new terrain of public space; an urban terrace on the metropolitan scale of Rockefeller Center. This new terrain is sculpted by stone steps and ramps with large pools that spill into stepped fountains. Trees, plantings and benches are flanked with cafes. Roof gardens are cultivated through their individual connections to hotel cafes.

Courtesy of Steven Holl
Courtesy of Steven Holl

At the shop fronts there will be luminous color, neon, backlit color transparency. Like the wash of color that suddenly appears in the great black and white films by Andrei Tarkovsky. The aim for the Sliced Porosity Block is to form new public space and to realize new levels of green construction in Chengdu. The complex is heated and cooled geothermally by 400 wells. The large podium ponds harvest recycled rainwater with natural grasses and lily pads creating a cooling effect.

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© Iwan Baan
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Cite:Kelly Minner. "In Progress: Sliced Porosity Block / Steven Holl Architects" 21 Oct 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed . <http://www.archdaily.com/82770/in-progress-sliced-porosity-block-steven-holl-architects/>