Xmanifold Applied Design Research Laboratory shared with us the “Serpentine Station”, their entry for the Architects in Mission (AIM) Competition. More images and architect’s description after the break.
“Serpentine Station”, an elevated landscape and social complex with connecting bridge between adjacent buildings is a re-appraisal of the renovation approach, taking an existing infrastructure to create a new. The aligning low rise towers with both living and workspace is devoid of social friendly attractors, yet the potential for human traffic is tremendous, counting the population within the capitol.
The project’s point of departure is creation of an intersection for social and cultural exchange, using the existing volume of space, while creating a sustained infrastructure of social interaction. Named, ‘Serpentine Station’ for its wrapping/coiling form; it will provide a rare green space for cable 8 with spectacular views of the beijing skyline. Accessible to both residents, tenants, and public, the park encompasses the 5 aligning buildings within cable 8, connected via bridge that includes a cafe at the east end, exhibition and gallery space at the north end, and an outdoor theater space, all wrapped within exuberant landscape.