Parcel 9, HX Urban Centre by Chris Lee and Kapil Gupta /Serie Architects.
"Our proposal draws together two parallel ideas, one typological, and the other from the indigenous landscape of Guizhou. The project begins with the typological transformation of the Hakka/Tulou House. Drawing the intelligence of the circular courtyards, our proposal puts forth an organization that combines shared circular courtyard that binds together a series of smaller private courtyards."
Each of the proposed SOHO (Single Occupier Home Office) unit contains a private courtyard that rooms cluster around. This double façade afforded to all the rooms - one facing the private courtyard and the other facing the shared courtyard – capitalises on the views towards two ends of the site: the mountain and the valley.
The overall envelope of the Live/Work clusters presents itself as three ‘peaks’ that contain the typological imprint of the Hakka/Tulou House. Binding these three peaks will be the softly undulating public ground, opening up vistas towards the valley of the site and conversely framing the needle-mountains of Guizhou from the valley. This act of framing the landscape also occurs at multiple levels – from the public ground to the shared courtyards to the double facades of the rooms – and is akin to the landscape scroll paintings of the Song Dynasty. In these paintings, the magnificent mountains are presented in a succession of view points, captured as parts and yet presented as a whole.
Building Type: Commercial, Live/ Work, Public Space
Location: Guizhou, China
Total Area: 16,000 sqm
Client: H Group China
About Serie Architects
Serie Architects is an international practice based in London and Mumbai and works in the diverse field of architecture, urbanism and design. The practice is interested in the evolution and mutation of building types in today’s cities and the projections of these forms of intelligence into spatial solutions. The practice consistently pushes the boundaries of architectural and master planning projects worldwide and provides full architecture, master planning, interior design and furniture design services for the private and public sector.
Design Team: Chris Lee, Bolam Lee, Udayan Mazumdar, Kevin Hung
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