This complex is composed of 10,000 units of commercial units, residential units, and office units placed on an area of about 210,000 square meters. 19 residential towers are placed uniquely on the site in order to meet the demand for its privacy and hours of sunlight as the residential units.
Twelve numbers of plate-shaped buildings are placed along the outline of the site. The other eight numbers of plate-shaped buildings are placed along the lines in which were led by a slant line running along Chaoyang North Road and the two right-angled lines of the slant line. Therefore, each building has a certain distance to the others by virtue of its “windmill-shaped master plan”.
The elevation design of the buildings is another unique part of this project. Each tower is composed of piled-up units with eight different tones of color of gray. This strategy gives one continuous flowing pattern for the facade of the twelve buildings along the outline of the site. In addition, different tones of one additional color for each building create ten different gradient colors for the buildings, and this gives the sense of coherence to the whole site.
OMG! People ride past the unfinished office building of People’s Daily, the official newspaper of the communist party of China, in Beijing. Some Chinese bloggers ridiculed the building’s shape and said it matched perfectly the China Central Television (CCTV) tower that has been nicknamed “Big Underpants”.
Workers clean the facade of the National Aquatics Centre, also known as the Water Cube, next to the National Stadium, aka the Bird’s Nest, at the Olympic complex in Beijing. China is cleaning up its landmark constructions ahead of the opening of the 18th National Congress of the Communist Party. The congress, which begins on November 8, will name new leaders to run the nation for the next decade. Picture: Imaginechina/Rex Features