Yibin is a regional central city in the urban belt along the Yangtze River. Governed by Sichuan Province and situated at the juncture between three important rivers, it is defined by wine culture and deemed as China’s bamboo capital. It was earmarked as a key component in the Shuangcheng Economic Circle in the Chengdu-Chongqing area, and the singular gateway to the south opening of Sichuan. Greenland Cultural Tourism Centre is located in front of Yibin High-speed Railway Station. It is one of the four iconic commercial towers of Greenland Intercity Space Station. In consortium with Greenland Group Yibin Real Estate Co., Ltd., Aedas designs the new development that serves as a propelling engine to the city's development.
The first three floors of Greenland Cultural Tourism Centre are connected to the commercial podium extending from Yibin High-speed Railway Station, forming a natural and weather-proof path into the building. Adjoined with the east tower, its main function is the housing of flexible office space, which is designed to foster a business environment with a live-work dynamic.
Inspired by Yibin’s local landform, the design sculpts an architectural form based on the contours of mountains, rivers and bamboos. The podium echoes the station’s extended commercial podium through a smooth ribbon-like outline, a consistent architectural language that visually connects the tower with the high-speed rail station.
The original massing is sliced in three to reduce the bulky appearance. Their disparate heights mirror the shape of a mountain and reinforce the design concept. To maximise view, the volumes are extruded by different proportion, engendering a unique and stunning configuration.
In keeping with the massing division, the tower façade adopts three forms to accentuate the contrasting appearance: the north and south façades are divided into three stripes, where the middle stripe adopts a curtain wall system with intersecting vertical and horizontal lines, while the two outer ones are composed of sunshade louvers to effect a three-dimensional impression.
On the other hand, the east and west façades are plated with bold decorative components, adding texture to the otherwise flat plane, as well as extending the thematic vocabulary of a jagged mountain.
“By embodying the natural terrain of the area, the Greenland Cultural Tourism Centre is poised to become the new urban landmark, a totemic development that serves and grows with the city.” —Aedas Executive Director Dimi Lee.
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