This base is a high-end commercial complex with 6 high-rise towers containing offices, hotels and business apartments. Adjacent to the CBD district, it is also located between two central parks in Shenzhen. URBANUS’ design task was to construct a 100,000 m2 loft of apartments and offices on top of a shopping center larger than 60,000 m2.
▼总体外观鸟瞰，general bird-eye’s view of the project
为消解地块自身的超高层垂直向的巨大压力，我们利用面积较大的居住 LOFT和办公 LOFT营造出两座人工山形体量，回应超高层塔楼的巨大尺度，并呼应周边的莲花山和笔架山。同时向内围合出一个安静的空间，以细致的步行街道联结3-4层的高密度的办公 LOFT，排列出一个高低错落，空间变化丰富的小镇，其中纳入 LOFT剧场、展示交易中心等公共活动空间，从外围的“大”和“实”逐渐过渡到内部“小”而“虚”非常有活力的区域。让商业、办公与住宅人流在同一街区活动，创造了一种居住、办公、商业与文化空间融合的聚落式街道生活新模式。
▼设计生成，massing concept diagram
▼分解轴测图，annotated exploded axonometric
To release the enormous pressure from the vertical dimension of the high-rise tower, we take advantage of the large area of the LOFTs, creating two artificial mountain volumes, in response to the huge scale of the towers. At the same time, the design connects the project to the natural form of the surrounding Lianhua and Bijia Mountains. This design also encloses a quiet space, by connecting the 3-4 level high-density office LOFT through exquisite sidewalks, creating a small town with rich spatial variation. There are also some public spaces, such as the LOFT Theater and the Trading & Exhibition Center that gradually transform the “big” and “solid” periphery space to the “small” and “dynamic” inner region. The Loft Town has accommodated a shopping mall, business offices and apartments, creating a new model of settlement which integrates residents, offices, shopping malls and cultural spaces.
▼整体俯瞰图，general aerial view
▼东北向俯瞰图，aerial view from northeast
▼南向鸟瞰图，两座人工山形体量回应超高层塔楼的巨大尺度和周边的莲花山和笔架山，bird’s-eye view from south, two artificial mountain volumes respond to the huge scale of the towers and the surrounding Lianhua and Bijia Mountains
▼西南侧（B区和D区）外观，基地南侧的D区（下图右侧的体量）采用“山体”的造型，general view (the view of the B District and D District) from southwest, D District (the right volume in the image below) located at the south is another “mountain” volume
▼西南侧（B区和D区）外观，D区（下图右侧的体量）在立面上设置贯通的大洞，general view (the view of the B District and D District) from southwest, D District (the right volume in the image below) has holes throughout the building’s facades
▼西向街景，street view from west
▼A区户型分解轴测图，A zone residential types
▼A区南、北立面单元轴测图，于南北两侧设置外廊，south & north facade unit in the A zone, verandas are set on the north and south sides
▼A区南立面格栅详图，A zone south facade detail with annotation
The standard floor height of the apartment loft in A District is 9 meters, which can be flexibly divided and used; verandas are set on the north and south sides, which endows the room with good ventilation and sun protection. Every household has a private courtyard, where neighbors can interact and socialize, while having their own private space. For the facade, we use a greyish twisted grid in order to maximize the performance of the material.
▼A区南立面局部，partial exterior view of the south facade of A zone
▼A区外走廊，立面采用灰白色“拧麻花”的格栅样式，corridor in A zone, using a greyish twisted grid as the form of the facade
▼C区LOFT办公鸟瞰图，由二十多栋3~4层的小型建筑组合成“村落”的形式，bird-eye’s view of the C District, there are over twenty office lofts with 3-4 stories, forming small “villages”
▼C区LOFT办公鸟瞰图，建筑呈组团式排列，每个组团自成院落，bird-eye’s view of the C District, the lofts are arranged by groups, each with a courtyard
In B District, the hotel loft and office loft enclose an inner garden, where a black box theater is set to stimulate future cultural activities in this region. The facades are decorated with white ceramic plates with rough texture, giving people the feeling of getting back to nature.
In C District, there are over twenty office lofts with 3-4 stories, forming small “villages”. These lofts were arranged by groups, each with a courtyard. The lanes inside have the width of 4-6m and between these groups are open spaces with streets of 8-15m in width. Overhead channels, terraces, courtyards, balconies and galleries are interspersed among them, forming various spatial structures. The office platform and business platform are connected by vertical transports. Workers can stroll in the mall when they are downstairs, and go back upstairs to work very conveniently. In the north is a residential area, and in the south people can see exhibitions in D District. The LOFT Town in UpperHills, by using a new building model, creates for its residents a multi-dimensional lifestyle.
▼内街，组团建筑体量形成架空通道、露台、庭院、阳台、过廊等丰富的空间形态，inner street, overhead channels, terraces, courtyards, balconies and galleries are interspersed among the lofts, forming various spatial structures
▼内街，下层是商业街，上层是办公空间，inner street, downstairs spaces host the mall, while upstairs host the work space
▼内街，办公与商业平台之间以竖向交通连接，inner street, the office platform and business platform are connected by vertical transports
D District is another “mountain” across from District A, located on the south side of the base. As a part of the government, it was initially set as the headquarter office. The depth of the building volume varies from 26m to 56m. By creating holes throughout the building’s facades, the inner courtyards were set in different areas. This design would greatly enrich the levels of indoor and outdoor space. In the inner part of the building, aisles connect different levels of spaces, including inner courtyards, lounges and outdoor overhead platforms, forming a rich spatial experience.
▼D区平台与连廊，丰富了室内外空间的层次，platform and joint gallery in D zone that greatly enrich the levels of indoor and outdoor space
▼外观夜景，night view of the project
▼“环”概念手绘草图（左），“村落”概念手绘草图（右），sketch of the“ring” (left), sketch of the“village” (right)
▼四、五层平面图，the 4th & 5th floor plans
主持建筑师：孟岩 刘晓都 | 王辉（室内）
项目总经理：张长文 林海滨 姜玲
项目经理：周娅琳 张新峰 张佳佳
项目建筑师：赵佳 Travis Bunt, Juliana Kei（建筑）| 郑娜（室内）| 魏志姣 (景观)
项目组：苏彦、张海君、林俊仪、王燕萍、孙艳花、臧敏、曹健、韩潇、张英、王平、李念、陈冠宏、余欣婷、谢盛奋、刘勘、叶诗兰，纪家溢、陈德扬、邬程光Danil Nagy，Daniel Fetcho，袁能超、廉丽丽、王连鹏、陈卉、郑植、李伟滨、Milutin Cerovic（建筑）| 方雪、刘妮妮、陈标、李欣桐、李永才、朱禹豪、高杰伊、陈贞贞（室内） |林挺、张映园 (景观) | 徐罗以（技术总监）| 王芳、王瑛子、温茜玥、汤迪莎、郭旭生、苏武顺、田野、王嘉卉、田涛、李佳培、余凯、师贤霖、张志敏、林晓燕（实习生）
Client: Shenzhen Kezhigu Investment Co., Ltd.
Site Area: 64,000 m2（Top Area of Shopping Mall）
Floor Area: 105,000 m2
LOFT Building Storey: 3~14
LOFT Building Height: 36.45-67.5m
Principal Architect: Meng Yan, Liu Xiaodu | Wang Hui (Interior)
Project General Manager: Zhang Changwen, Lin Haibin, Jiang ling
Project Manager: Zhou Yalin, Zhang Xinfeng, Zhang Jiajia
Project Architect: Zhao Jia, Travis Bunt, Juliana Kei (Architecture) | Zheng Na (Interior) | Wei Zhijiao (Landscape)
Team: Su Yan, Zhang Haijun, Lin Junyi, Wang Yanping, Sun Yanhua, Zang Min, Cao Jian, Han Xiao, Zhang Ying, Wang Ping, Li Nian, Chen Guanhong, Yu Xinting, Xie Shengfen, Liu Kan, Silan Yip, Darren Kei, Sam Chan, Neo Wu, Danil Nagy, Daniel Fetcho, Yuan Nengchao, Lian Lili, Wang Lianpeng, Chen Hui, Zheng Zhi, Li Weibin, Milutin Cerovic (Architecture) | Fang Xue, Liu Nini, Chen Biao, Li Xintong, Li Yongcai, Zhu Yuhao, Gao Jieyi, Chen Zhenzhen (Interior) | Lin Ting, Zhang Yingyuan (Landscape) | Xu Luoyi (Technical Director) | Wang Fang, Wang Yingzi, Wen Qianyue, Tang Disha, Guo Xusheng, Su Wushun, Tian Ye, Wang Jiahui, Tian Tao, Li Jiapei, Yu Kai, Shi Xianlin, Zhang Zhimin, Lin Xiaoyan (Internship)
LOFT Design Collaborators:
Structural & Mechanical Collaborator: ARUP
Construction Documents Collaborator: CAPOL
Interior Design Collaborator: Shenzhen Decoration and Construction Industrial co., Ltd.
Landscape Collaborator: Shenzhen BLY Landscape & Architecture Planning & Design Institute
Facade Consultant: Zhuhai Jingyi Glass Engineering
Lighting Design Consultant: SPEIRS+MAJOR
Logo Design Consultant: Corlette Design
Design Firms for Other Parts:
Tower & Ballroom Building Design: SOM
Retail Podium Design: ARQ