Text description provided by the architects. 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.