Steven Holl Architects has been commissioned to build a complex of five linked towers surrounding a public plaza in
Holl has designed the History Pavilion (below), Woods will build the High Tech Pavilion, and Wei Wei will create the Du Fu Pavilion (above).
The palaza will contain three ponds which will also function as skylights for the six-story shopping centre below. Esculators will rise out of these ponds to carry visitors to the three pavilions.
The 105,000 square feet site will incorporate offices, serviced apartments, retail, a hotel, cafes, restaurants and an open public plaza. Above: High Tech Pavilion by Lebbeus Woods.
The buildings will be heated and cooled geothermally. The design will also make use of high-performance glazing, energy-efficient equipment and regional materials.
The complex is due for completion by late 2010.
Photographs © Iwan Baan
The following information is from Steven Holl Architects:
STEVEN HOLL ARCHITECTS TO BUILD A ‘SLICED POROSITY BLOCK’ IN
Steven Holl Architects (SHA) has recently been commissioned by CapitaLand
The ‘Sliced Porosity Block’ will be located just south of the intersection of the First Ring Road and
The three generous ponds on the plaza are inspired by a poem by Du Fu (713-770), in which he describes how ‘Time has left stranded in
The ‘Sliced Porosity Block’ is heated and cooled geo-thermally and the large plaza ponds harvest recycled rainwater while the natural grasses and lily pads create a natural cooling effect. High-performance glazing, energy-efficient equipment and the use of regional materials are just a few of the other methods employed to reach the LEED gold rating.
The ‘Sliced Porosity Block’ is the third large urban development SHA is designing in