Hangzhou Hubin Yintai in77 Phase V is situated in the heart of the Hubin business district, in close proximity to West Lake. The project encompasses an area of 5,007 square meters, and boasts a total construction area of approximately 26,500 square meters. Bordered by Yan'an Road in the east, Dongpo Road in the west, Jiefang Road in the south, and Youdian Road in the north, it holds a significant position in Hangzhou's busiest business district – the Hubin Business Circle. As an extension of the preceding four phases, Hubin Yintai Phase V is poised to establish a "distinctive commercial hub " and is the inaugural lakeside cultural and tourism commercial center project in Hangzhou.
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The project aims to become a new landmark in Hangzhou city, showcasing its rich culture and providing a new lakeside lifestyle. It is a crucial component of the Hubin business district and acts as a pivotal hub at the southern end. The main beneficiaries of its services are the citizens of Hangzhou and tourists visiting West Lake. The Hubin Business Circle has created a welcoming atmosphere for pedestrians. It features both above-ground and interconnected underground paths for strolling, as well as opportunities for leisurely shopping and exploration by both residents and visitors.
In the Hubin business district of Hangzhou, land is scarce due to the strict land use and height restriction control of the West Lake scenic area, it is necessary to comprehensively analyze the land use conditions of the project to fully explore the commercial value of the site. The number of commercial floors and space height are determined by comparing and analyzing multiple design options. Additionally, the roof is utilized to create a viewing platform of West Lake, enhancing the physical store's shopping experience.
The design team conducted a comprehensive analysis of the buildings on both sides of Yan'an Road and Dongpo Road. This was accomplished through the examination of images, morphology analysis, and material comparison, leading to the formulation of several basic rules:
1) Regularized forms are typical for commercial buildings.
2) The corner treatment is a common feature for street corner commercial sites.
3) The commercial interface along the street is kept continuous.
4) The street facade boasts a rhythmic pattern.
5) The ground floor space is frequently utilized as veranda.
6) The majority of the building materials consist of stone, brick, and glass.
Integration of Old and New
The project is situated in the first-level landscape control area, bordering the West Lake on the west sides. The preserved L-shaped buildings adjacent to the site are primarily three-story (partially four-story) sloped-roofed structures, with a continuous veranda across the first level. As a structure facing the West Lake, it has been seamlessly assimilated into the surrounding environment for over a decade, creating a distinctive urban aesthetic. Its exterior is evenly divided based on the colonnade in a precise sequence. The façade predominantly consists of sandstone and gray bricks, which complement the neighboring buildings on Dongpo Road, including the Hubin International Boutique Compound and the Renhe Restaurant, in terms of both form and material.
The project aims to integrate the old and the new in terms of function and form while maximizing commercial value. It must also prioritize protecting the environmental landscape and coordinating with the existing buildings in the surrounding area.
The exterior of the new building blends with the neighboring milieu in form and rhythm, while preserving its distinctiveness and achieving a " harmony in diversity" between the old and new structures. The connection between the new construction and the preserved L-shaped building will upgrade the latter through a renovation process, culminating in the seamless synergy and commercial operation of the entire complex.
The nearby commercial amenities are well-established, creating a robust commercial environment and attracting a large volume of foot traffic. The design carefully examines the direction of external foot traffic to strategically determine the primary and secondary entrances of the commercial space, forming a dynamic internal commercial flow. The underground commercial area, along with the south and north underground passages, form a cohesive link. This connects the above ground and underground commercial areas with the surrounding land by the lakeside, creating an organic whole. The indoor commercial flow line has been efficiently organized to maximize the introduction of urban pedestrian flow. Additionally, the underground space has been intensively developed and the building volume has been excavated to achieve the maximum commercial value.
Relying on the available surrounding resources, the project establishes a publicly accessible West Lake viewing platform with positive social benefits. It provides one of the few rooftop viewpoints in the West Lake scenic area where people can take a break and enjoy the view. The project aims to offer West Lake sightseeing tourists a commercial space for leisure stays and high-quality experiences. This will include a wide range of activities such as dining, culture, entertainment, fashion shopping, and leisure. The building space is multi-dimensional, flexible, and interactive. The relationship between people, the site, building, and space is highly configurable.
The building's entrances and exits are designed with gradual slopes to connect to outdoor plazas and roads, while the indoor walkways for public access are all equipped with barrier-free pathways. Additionally, barrier-free elevators and toilets are available for individuals with disabilities, resulting in the complete establishment of a pedestrian-friendly and barrier-free business environment. As the mature lakeside business district has a subway station as the primary flow of evacuation for people, shared parking has become the general parking planning idea in the area. The project has established a 90-vehicle AGV fully-automated robotic shared parking garage in the third lower floor. The establishment fully embodies the concept of green travel and sharing.
Since the project's completion and implementation, it has functioned effectively, exhibiting noteworthy social, economic, and environmental advantages. In the design and construction process, the design team worked diligently to ensure the project's success. They provided comprehensive technical support by carefully designing and controlling all aspects of material selection and construction. As a result, the Hubin business circle now has a cost-effective, high-quality cultural and tourism business center.
The project's creation objectively considers the relationship of architecture to history, environment, and operation. It seeks to balance commercial value with architectural autonomy while expressing common values of multiple parties. This approach aims to achieve a clever balance between architecture's ideal goals and reality.