CLIENT : Sky Ocean, China
LOCATION : Beijing, China
TYPE : Mixed-use
SIZE : 5,766,052 sq.ft / 532,618 m2
This component of the Futura City development came with tight constraints; building height was limited to 3 levels, unit size is typically 4m x 12m, façade needed to be open to allow daylight through to the retail street beyond. And it had to have a low build cost whilst maintaining the affluent design aesthetic of the surrounding buildings within our masterplan.
We used a series of interlocking “L-shaped” blocks that created retail avenues and small courtyards for al-fresco dining and street theater. A pedestrian street follows the surfaces of the façade leading the visitor in and out with ease. The ground floor is mainly all glass and is punctuated with glazed cubes above that provide “pop-out” graphic and video opportunities. We incorporated a spectrum of colored glazing to provide some relief for cold, grey days and give the scheme its own distinctive look.