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Sunchime Song Zhuang Master Planning

Beijing, China 

Design 2010

The Sunchime Master Planning Project is located at the heart of Song Zhuang, Beijing's renowned contemporary art district. The Master Plan is comprised of three parcels devoted to three primary uses: commerce, production, and creation/innovation. As a culturally-focused creative center, the Master Plan adheres to a human-centered design concept, integrating low-carbon, environmentally conscious, conservation-based principles that draw inspiration from the beauty of its rich cultural surroundings. While satisfying requirements for functionality, the design connects the three adjacent parcels under development with their surrounding environs through an integrated layout, achieving a sense of unity with its urban surroundings.

Water is an essential aspect of traditional Chinese planning, regardless of whether one is looking at the Summer Palace in Beijing or the Humble Administrator's Garden in Suzhou, water is used to connect distinct spaces while adding a limitless sense of vitality and movement. This plan connects the parcels through waterscapes of varying scale; from the large and expansive existing body of water as well as winding, meandering creeks, both together form a placid and undulating lake-scape which alongside waterways and their small harbors, create the dynamics of an exquisite landscape painting.

Each of the three main parcels with its different program functions utilizes a distinct architectural layout to form an urban space at once diverse yet unified. From the succinct transitions in form and structure of the office towers of Parcel A, to Parcel B's Conference Center located in the middle of the waterscape separated from the various art program functions of the distant Creative Exhibition Center, to the traditional Chinese aesthetic derived architectural forms of Parcel C, the design integrates vibrant landscape design and architectural planning, creating a moving landscape that brings tradition and modernity together in a unified city garden.