Architectural firm SPARK unveiled Jing Mian Xin Cheng in Beijing, developed for client Sino-Ocean Land Holdings Limited. The project director was Jan Felix Clostermann; while Phi Wenhui Lu served as project architect. The design team also included Andrew Ng and Chris Taeubert.
Jin Mian Xin Cheng, a mixed-use development adjacent to Beijing's Fourth Ring Road, consists of two towers and a retail podium immediately adjacent to the road, with a protected public plaza at the rear. Given that the massing of the blocks was predicated and constrained by the sunlight requirements of a residential development to the north of the site, SPARK’s work focused on the design of the façade and landscape.
The property makes use of textured aluminum facade and rippling window system.
The inspiration for the “pleated” and “woven” façade was drawn from the former presence of the textile market in the area. According to SPARK director Jan Felix Clostermann, the pleating and weaving effects emerged from the visualization of the facades as pieces of three-dimensional fabric rather than paper-thin curtain walls. Pleats of perforated aluminum sheet establish a textured façade for the retail podium, while angular “threads” of glazing adhere to a weaving logic that dissolves as it progresses upward.
The “thickened” facades perform a number of functions beyond enclosure, including offering a level of acoustic protection to the interior; and sculpting new habitable zones at the building’s edge. Simultaneously, the woven glazing establishes opportunities for ventilation.
Meanwhile, SPARK’s landscape design for the plaza establishes a habitable topography. The ground includes seating, as well as different zones in the plaza for different activities.
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