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Parametric Design

Project timeline

2008 – 2015



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Director in Charge: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
Design Team: Xu Dong Xin, Xue Yan, Wang Wei, Maggie Jie Zhang, Ren Xiao Wei, Fu Chang Rui, Zheng Tao, Li Jie Ran, Michele Zanella, Kristie Park

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Beihai Xinpinguangyang Real Estate Development Co. Ltd

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Structural engineers
Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE)

Design Team : Xue Yan, Xu Dongxin, Wang Wei, Tang Liu, Zhang Jie, Ren Xiaowei, Kristie Park, Dinah Z

Advison Bao Pao

Structural engineers
Mechanical Engineer : Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE)

Project management
Ma Yansong, Dang Qun

Fake Hills Change this

Guangxi, China
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Throughout China's ultra-rapid urbanization, attention has been focused on set-piece architecture: opera houses, museums. However these would-be icons are the exception rather than the rule. The vast majority of development in China’s new cities takes the form of residential housing, often standardized and cheap to guarantee a quick return for investment. This development is located in the coastal city of Beihai, on a long, narrow waterfront site. The design concept combines the two typologies that usually define residential developments (high rise towers or long, low rise blocks) to create a bold new structure in the form of a long slab. This shape can maximize the views of residents, but can also easily appear to be a monolithic break between the waterfront and the land behind it. The geometry of the architecture maximizes potential views for the residents; the continuous platform along the roof becomes the public spaces, with gardens, tennis courts and swimming pools on top of the man-made hills. Each opening in the building allows the sea breezes to pass through and creating ocean views from the interior.



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