Ben van Berkel认为该项目有着强烈的身份和个性，对周围有非常大的影响，它自成一体
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Raffles City, Hangzhou, China,
Unstudio’s mixed-use Raffles City development is located near the Qiantang
River in Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang province, located 180 kilometres
southwest of Shanghai. With a city population of 1.69 million, Hangzhou is one
of the most renowned and prosperous cities in China and is well known for its
beautiful natural scenery, particularly in the West Lake area.
UNStudio’s Raffles City in Hangzhou will be CapitaLand’s sixth Raffles City,
following those in Singapore, Shanghai, Beijing, Chengdu and Bahrain.
UNStudio’s Raffles City Hangzhou incorporates retail, offices, housing and
hotel facilities and marks the site of a cultural landscape within the
Quianjiang New Town Area.
According to Ben van Berkel, “The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept
is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give
this concept a twist; by focussing on where the urban context meets the
landscape of the city. In the design of the towers the urban element of the
project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn,
twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and
consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture.”
Raffles City Hangzhou is due for realization in 2014. After six years of
planning and construction, it will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting
views both to and from the Qiantang River and West Lake areas. Raffles City
Hangzhou will provide a total floor area of almost 400,000 square metres.
In the chain of events and attractions of Hangzhou, like the West Lake area and
the commercial centre, the Raffles City project will be at the core of the
Qianjiang New Town area and contribute to the recognition of this area as a new
destination in the city.
Ben van Berkel says of the project, "I believe it will have a sizable impact,
as it is a project with a very strong identity and an individual character,
which means it will become a place to which people would like to return. It is
a project which communicates both with the architecture and within the context
of Hangzhou as a city, for this reason we believe it will be a very unique
building in China.”
Sustainable design principles
An inclusive approach to sustainability is an important part of UNStudio’s
design philosophy. In the Raffles City project UNStudio seeks to receive the
gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design
(LEED) Green Building rating system, the industry standard for rating of the
eco-friendliness of buildings.
The incorporation of natural ventilation principles and the ways in which
materials are employed, all work in concordance with one another to lower the
energy and material demands of the building. Urban sustainability is also an
important consideration in the design. The program mix creates a dynamic,
continuous 24/7 cycle of activity, a hub for business conduct, a new
destination for visitors and residents alike and will become an all-in-one
destination for working, living, leisure and entertainment.
Raffles City, Hangzhou, China
Location: Hangzhou, China
Building surface: 389,489 m2
Building site: 40,355m2