Plazas and streets define the quality of places, while architecture defines the image of the city. Composite city concept carries the significance of the landmark building, and the five lights represent the blooming of 5000 years of history and culture towards the city. Creating a comfortable, safe, and reliable three-dimensional urban public space coordinate system is our goal and pursuit. In the name of light, we pay tribute to the city in Liangzhu.
The human being has a limited sphere of involvement, the distance of each step he takes, the range of what he can see without the effort of raising his head. As Jan Gehl points out in his book Cities for People, "On the street, it is difficult to perceive events taking place in high-rise buildings. The higher up you go, the harder it is to see. In fact, the connection between the street and the high-rise disappears after the fifth floor; they no longer belong to the city." The vertical distance that people can perceive is around 15 meters in height, so the challenge in the design of this super high-rise was to break the distance inherent in the "vertical city".
The designers believe that designing a "vertical city" not only realizes the folding of the city in vertical space, but also breaks the sense of distance in the physical perception of the non-horizontal city through the continuity of complex functions and the relevance of scene creation. By setting up an open shared space to break the distance between the place and the people's mind, it finally realizes the deep link between people, and shows an efficient, ecological, diversified and interactive place in multiple dimensions.
The project is located in the southeast corner of the site next to the subway station, the building height of about 150 meters refreshes the skyline along Gudun Road. The project requires the design of 100,000 square meters of super-large volume of the Tower of Light and Theater of Light, the essence of which is to create an efficiently functioning vertical city that closely links the city and its people.
In terms of site organization, the designer insists on "socialization back to its nature". The elevated ground floor, open first floor and the complete three-dimensional pedestrian network create a more active urban space for people to enjoy more abundant green space, creating an efficient and dynamic urban space.
In Tower of Light, the designers integrate SOHO office, hotel and other functions into one. The composite urban functions provide people with a continuous experience of pleasant office, comfortable living, and pioneering culture and art, greatly weakening the sense of distance of large buildings. By shaping the five characteristic spaces of light facade, light riverbank, light atrium, light elevating and light sharing, it echoes the five lights of Liangzhu civilization in the intention. And these five spaces are highly intertwined in vertical and horizontal dimensions to efficiently open up the future imagination of the city.
In Valley of Light, the designers have completely opened up the inner courtyard, and the open shared space immerses people in the space, allowing interactions to occur naturally. Four elevated gray spaces allow the neighborhood and the building to permeate each other, transitioning the spatial hierarchy from public to relatively private. The strong directional entrance space guides people from all sides of the neighborhood into the building, enhancing the openness and experience of the building.
In Theater of Light, the first floor also adheres to the open and shared design strategy. The large elevated gray space, the empty bottom block, and the waterfront space on the east side are completely opened up. Like a floating box in nature, it attracts people to explore.
People's modern way of life originates from the summary of past experience, but change comes from the imagination of future life. When the profound Liangzhu civilization gradually breaks out of the ground, the "Jade Cong" symbolizing the Liangzhu civilization meets the ever-changing modern civilization, it splits the shackles and transforms into five lights, illuminating the scenes of future life.
The creation of architecture form is really about shaping certain scene to echo people's interaction with space at different scales.
The architecture facade in urban scenes is designed by stacking, cutting, and interspersed blocks, creating gaps between the volume and volume. The design of the five lights system enhances the theme of light and creates a space interaction experience between people and buildings at the urban scale.
In the architecture scene, the facade takes the concept of water flow, visually creating a staggered facade, weakening the huge volume. Vertical slender and delicate architecture poles with rhythmic modulus changes create the intention of water flow, showing the extreme momentum of a waterfall pouring down from a height of 150 meters, and the gaps between the volumes become jumping points to interrupt the water flow.
In Atrium of light, the building's inner facade, the architects use light and shadow changes to create a sense of silence like an empty valley. The dark grey aluminum panels with blue-grey glass reflect the light like the shaking surface of a calm lake. Horizontal lines dominate the division making the vertical of the upper floors full of static tension, with a clean and sharp volume to collect the horizontal lines from top to bottom, full of diagonal strength. The enclosing dark grey coarse stone and light provide the building with a solid and reliable texture, just as the ever-spreading ripples will eventually return to peace. The differentiated design of the internal and external approaches echoes the layers change from the city to the internal space of the building.
In the scene of human activities, the facade of the building consists of a wood-like aluminum grille, which is cleverly combined with the advance and retreat relationship of the building blocks, highlighting the entrance feature. A premium color scheme of light grey poles and blue-grey glass sets the high end tone of the building.
The interior facade of the building is like a spreading ripple that eventually returns to peace. The seamless tiling of glazed stone enhances a balanced sense of volume. The clean background is continuously transitioned into the ground landscape through landscape greening, where the curves are repeated continuously to create ripples in the landscape, creating a comfortable semi-outdoor space for the lower floors.
In Theatre of Light, the vertical poles on the first floor are paired with a transparent glass curtain, while on the second floor, aluminum profiles are used to control the vertical rhythm, paired with a free tiling of stone with staggered seams, reflecting the freedom in order.
Vertical city is like a hyperlink body, through the composite function to create the continuity of people's experience, through the space interaction created by the scene to strengthen the relevance between people, through the open sharing to enhance people's sense of belonging to the place, establishing a vertical city full of links from the space to the time, from the psychological to the physical. Vertical city is not just a physical vertical, but also an energy conversion field that connects the building with the site, and the people with the city. By feeling the energy of the site, people will naturally transmit, exchange, and evolve this energy outward, ultimately giving birth to new potential energy of the city.