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Jiaxing Island in Shanghai
Mixed-Use Development, China – design by MORE Architecture and AIM
16 Feb 2017
Jiaxing Island Mixed-Use Development
Design: MORE Architecture and AIM
Location: Jiaxing Island, Shanghai, China
Jiaxing Island: Challenging Conventional Chinese Urbanism
Shanghai-based Dutch design firms offer bold alternative to repetition and large scale
With their design for the mixed-use building Jiaxing Island the Shanghai-based offices MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture challenge the conventional notions of urbanization in China. By interpreting the assignment for a clubhouse into a small village, the architects shaped a human scale environment with public space at the heart of the project and created a truly people-oriented architecture.
On the fringe of quickly urbanizing Jiaxing, a one million-inhabitant city between Shanghai and Hangzhou, this complex finds itself in a ferociously dynamic context. The radical transformation, from countryside to densely built environment, had an immense impact on the scale of the urban fabric: from S to XL in less than a decade.
Jiaxing Island challenges a couple of the classic urban concepts in China, such as the enormous scale, the north-south orientation, the car-dominated streets, and the square as an expression of power. This project offers a car free urban village with multi-layered functions and emphasis on public space.
Eight volumes merge into one building, offering a myriad of programs, uses, and experiences. The diverse uses – office, hotel, gallery, restaurants, kindergarten, sports, pool – are divided over the different buildings opening up onto the central square. The volumes interconnect on the second floor where you pass through a multitude of programs and activities by walking the connecting bridges.
The architecture is diverse and multifaceted. The façade, made of Spanish sandstone, is closed in the alleys but rich and varied on the square and on the outside towards its surroundings. The voids and atriums in every volume create variations in views and perspectives.
The generous stairs connect the square to an underground conference centre. The steps also function as seats and can be used as an open-air auditorium. The square is a great place for children to play and for people to relax.
Jiaxing Island mixes functions, uses, and experiences. And by literally placing the public space in the heart of the project, it ultimately mixes people.
Jiaxing Island in Shanghai – Building Information
Client: Jiaxing Huazhang Real Estate Ltd.
MORE Architecture: Daan Roggeveen, Robert Chen, Jaime Fernández Rosa, Adrián Briega Muñoz, Xue Guangjie, Emilio Wang, Cherie Cheung, Stephen Kwok, Ma Yuanrong, Wang Bizhou
AIM Architecture: Vincent de Graaf, Wendy Saunders, Alejandro Felipe, Jane Ji, Dong Ker, Mavis Li, Jiao Yan, Zhou Min, Fredrik Garpenfelt, Allan Yin
Engineering: CSCEC / Zhang Ye and Tian Le
Contractor: Zhejiang Construction and Engineering Group
Façade: Hunan Façade Construction Group
16,000 sqm mixed use
offices, hotel, short stay apartments, contemporary art gallery, 4 restaurants, pool, gym, kindergarten, conference centre, open-air auditorium
Architecture, Interior Design, Landscape design
Design 2012 – 2014
Construction: 2013 – 2016
Photography: Dirk Weiblen
MORE Architecture is an international research-based office for architecture, founded by Daan Roggeveen and Robert Chen. Based in Shanghai, MORE works on projects globally. Current projects include the interior design of a corporate headquarters in Jiaxing, a canal house in Amsterdam, a boutique hotel in the mountains of Anji and an urban plan in Accra, Ghana (with OKRA, MLA+, FABRIC and MIXST). Through the Go West Project, MORE is continuously involved in urban research in Africa.
Website: MORE Architecture
Founded by Wendy Saunders and Vincent de Graaf in 2005, AIM is a boutique design studio headquartered in Shanghai, with a marketing office in Hong Kong. AIM is a small, passionate, international group of urban planners, architects and designers. We design and manage diverse, substantial projects ranging from office spaces to furniture design throughout China and Southeast Asia. AIM’s Fushengyu Hotspring Resort in Sichuan won the Hotel and Leisure award at the World Architecture Festival 2016 and the Best Hotel & Tourism Development at the MIPIM Asia Awards 2016.
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