Superimpose designed a community focused mixed-use development for Vanke as the new heart of Beijing’s Yongfeng residential district. Superimpose’s main challenge was to create a human centered and pleasant public space whilst dealing with site complexities such as high floor-to-area-ratio and a low height restriction. The building will have food and beverage retail, a supermarket, a Vanke Children Centre, a clubhouse with swimming pool and gym, and three floors of serviced apartments.
The solution provided by Superimpose is a composition of two C-shape volumes of which the ‘Retail C’ opens up towards the main street to the west, inviting visitors to walk in, whilst the ‘Apartment C’ is opening up towards the residential east side of the development.
The atrium created by the two overlaying C-shape volumes addresses the community with large public terraces, which are stepping up like a large stairway in order to give space to sunlight, trees, small greenery and public seating areas. The sunken plaza at basement level one and two are also integrated into the same gesture, which helps turning typically dark spaces into bright, publically accessible and pleasant areas.
The façade of the hovering ‘Apartment C’ volume is a white aluminum louvered curtain wall glass façade, which allows for plenty of daylight into the apartment units. At the same time it provides a calm and serene backdrop to the green steps in the center atrium. The underside of the white floating ‘Apartment C’ is cladded with white tubes to provide a soft and inviting gesture towards all sides of the building.
The retail on ground floor uses filleted corners to further emphasize the inviting nature of the building. Centrally situated on the west side, a super clear glass box acts as the anchor store of the development.
Superimpose believes that, once finished, this building will attract attention from the community, not only by its appearance, but also by it’s friendly, balanced, and accessible green public spaces provided in its interior.