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Parc Central / Benoy

  • 18:00 - 21 July, 2016
Parc Central / Benoy
Parc Central / Benoy, © Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Guangzhou, Guangdong, China
  • Area

    110000.0 m2
  • Project Year

    2016
  • Photographs

  • Developer

    Sun Hung Kai Properties
  • Masterplanner

    Benoy
  • Executive Architect

    Ronald Lu and Partners
  • Interior Designer

    Benoy
  • E&M Consultant

    J Roger Preston Limited (Hong Kong)
  • Lighting Consultant

    Lighting Design Partnership Pty Limited
  • Landscape Consultant

    Urbis Limited
  • Structural and Civil Engineer

    ARUP (Hong Kong)
  • Façade Consultant

    ARUP (Hong Kong)
  • Sustainability Consultant

    ARUP (Hong Kong)
  • Signage Consultant

    Dutton Bray Design Limited
  • Local Design Institute

    HSArchitects
  • Quantity Surveyor

    Langdon & Seah Consultancy (Shenzhen) Co., Ltd
  • AV Consultant

    Shen Milsom & Wilke Limited
  • Traffic Consultant

    TMA Planning & Design Limited
  • More Specs Less Specs
© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Text description provided by the architects. Benoy is excited to announce that construction has completed on Parc Central, Guangzhou and the urban park retail development has now fully opened in the heart of the city’s Central Business District.

Benoy was commissioned as the Masterplanner, Architect and Interior Designer on the scheme and delivered the project in collaboration with Ronald Lu and Partners.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang
Plan 1
Plan 1
© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Set in the heart of the Guangzhou’s new Central Business District, Parc Central has introduced a new typology to the burgeoning Pearl River Delta city; a ‘Stadium for retail’ which uniquely blends the low-rise above and below-ground retail development within a multi-level parkland. Positioned along one of the city’s major thoroughfares, this development is a compelling addition to the cityscape of Guangzhou, and combines retail, transit-oriented and public realm design strategies.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Civic Design

Developed on the site of a former square, the vision for Parc Central was to contribute socially and spatially to the city, as well as economically. Located along the city’s ‘Green Axis’, the vision for Parc Central was to form the focal point of this initiative and create a new ‘Central Park’ along the major Tianhe Road thoroughfare which dissects the city.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

The result is a distinctive 110,000m2 retail development which is designed around an open parkland environment. Forming the heart of the development, the landscape, with its varying levels and forms of greenery, has created a place to socialise, rest and relax; a ‘Place to breathe’ within the city centre. Much of the development has been placed underground to achieve this and preserve the ground level environment.
The gardens, planted walkways and living walls create an undulating green space which integrates not only with the development itself but the surrounding streetscape. Ultimately, the design offers a soothing and re-balanced environment to the Tianhe district.

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Symbolic Architecture

Parc Central is a low-rise building, standing 24m in height with two levels above ground and three levels underground. Being lower than the surrounding buildings, the design called for an eye-catching and powerful visual statement; one which would add to the rhythm of the city’s central axis.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Drawing on the symbol for peace, harmony and fortune in the Chinese culture, the architecture references the ‘Double fish’ in the form of a steel monocoque roof structure. The two buildings curve around the central gardens and are joined by a pedestrian bridge at one end. The monocoque roof canopies are supported by tree-like columns beneath which sit a series of gardens which extend the landscape element up the building.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Sustainably designed, Parc Central’s environmental performance is also enhanced through the addition of a rainwater collection system and low-E glass façades and an EFTE roof.

Dynamic Interiors

Benoy’s Interior Design Team has also introduced the geometry of the architecture, with fluid ceiling cove forms and uninterrupted joinery along the void edges. Large atriums punctuate the retail journey and draw light into the arcades.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

A neutral colour palette of white and reconstituted stone creates a natural background for the mall, showcasing its tenants and their merchandise to maximum effect.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Transit Oriented Development

As a true Transit Oriented Development (TOD), the 110,000m2 scheme also establishes a new public transport interchange for Guangzhou. Seamlessly connected above and below ground, Parc Central will be accessible via China’s metro system and bus network and is linked by overhead footbridges to the district’s neighbouring developments. The design enables the development to function as a multi-dimensional gathering space with convenient accessibility above, below and at ground level.

© Terrence Zhang
© Terrence Zhang

Parc Central adds to Benoy’s growing portfolio in the exciting Pearl River Delta Region and is Benoy’s first completed TOD scheme in Guangzhou. Benoy has previously worked with leading Hong Kong property developer Sun Hung Kai on a number of schemes which include the Shanghai International Commerce Centre (ICC), Shanghai International Finance Centre (IFC) and APM in Hong Kong.

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