The project is located in Pidu District, Chengdu, which is an important gateway from the city center to the Qingcheng Mountain scenic area. Sited in a factory park that has been empty for years, it covers an area of about 2,500 square meters with a floor area of about 960 square meters. While reflecting the concept of sustainability, the project aims to create a dynamic and three-dimensional multi-functional space with the concept of openness and sharing so as to allow people inside and outside the building to move and communicate with each other freely.
团队充分利用建筑、景观和室内一体化的设计条件，创造了一个“一语双关”的场地——Mini commercial complex：首先是作为MINI汽车的IP展厅，同时也是一栋为公众提供画廊、创客、咖啡、IP周边新零售等的迷你mini社交综合体。所有设计工作都必须遵循同一个核心理念，但我们并不想做一个像周遭传统工业区及生活区那样的常规板楼。
ARCHIHOPE makes full use of the unified design of architecture, landscape and interior to create a site with a double function — Mini commercial complex, which serves as both an IP showroom for MINI cars and a mini social complex for the public with galleries, makers, coffee, new retail for IP merch , etc. Although all the design work must follow a core concept, we didn't want to design a conventional slab-type apartment building just like those in traditional industrial and living areas around us.
The two-floor building is divided into two cuboid volumes, one of which on the second floor is rotated counterclockwise. The upper building volume is separated from the original structural frame, with the intention of turning it towards the main entrance of the whole site to present an open and friendly gesture and to reshape the richness and expressiveness of the building.
Regardless of the outcome, the point of "how to do" is essentially to judge whether the phased conclusion is correct or not. In fact, the diversity formed in the communication and critical thinking about a design is something to do with a relationship about mutual coexistence. In this way, a design concept depends on a bold language, which is both misplaced and overlapped with the real things. As a result, a new building that connects the present and portrays the future comes to life, introducing a new philosophy and reality to the framework that has been empty for years, while as a response to the current interaction mode between cities and people.
The unified design concept from ARCHIHOPE aims to use architecture, landscape, interior design and structure to create a core idea and convey a pure and distinct impression: be different and break the original framework so that the order can be reestablished, which is in line with the historical charm of MINI inherited from John Coope.
The linearity due to the misaligned rectangle on the plane extending to intersect with the original structural frames makes it a forceful landscape design in unified form. It seems that the building is hidden on the base, which also blurs the boundary between indoor and outdoor space.
The facade made of expanded aluminum sheets obscures the building's glass curtain wall on the premise of natural lighting, and forms the superimposed effect of double facade and a virtual and real change at the same time.
Expanded aluminum sheets extend into indoor space of the first floor and onto the preserved original mottled reinforced concrete columns. The bare steel bars, which seem to tell a story of watching vicissitudes of history lonely, are cleverly integrated with the new facade elements. The large area of glass curtain walls on all four sides provide guests and visitors with a 360-degree panoramic view and create a better public space for relaxation.
The design focuses on commonality and openness, so the linearity of intersecting extended surfaces in the architectural landscape are also used in the shape design of the bar counter and oblique section of the staircases. The unified crisscrossing lines break the fixed relationship among functional spaces and connect functional spaces with different attributes so as to create the interaction between indoor and outdoor space.
Through the metallic staircases to the second floor, a livelier and more active linearity is adopted through the design of the space on the second floor, which make it a more flexible, open and variable social space, but also a presence to explore the possibility of mutual activation among space, people and life.
业主团队：森那美Sime Darby 集团 & 宝马集团
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