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Best Tall Building 2009 by Steven Holl

Posted by NoéMie Schwaller on 13.07.2009 - Tagged as: , , ,

A mixed-use complex of eight linked towers in Beijing, China. Photos: Steven Holl Architects

A mixed-use complex of eight linked towers in Beijing, China. Photos: Steven Holl Architects

The 220,000 square-meter Linked Hybrid complex in Beijing, aims to counter the current urban developments in China by creating a twenty-first century porous urban space, inviting and open to the public from every side. A filmic urban experience of space; around, over and through multifaceted spatial layers, as well as the many passages through the project, make the Linked Hybrid an “open city within a city”. The project promotes interactive relations and encourages encounters in the public spaces that vary from commercial, residential, and educational to recreational; a three-dimensional public urban space.

A series of multi-functional “skybridges” connect the eight residential towers and the hotel tower.

A series of multi-functional “skybridges” connect the eight residential towers and the hotel tower.

The ground level offers a number of open passages for all people (residents and visitors) to walk through. These passages include “micro-urbanisms” of small scale shops which also activate the urban space surrounding the large central reflecting pond. On the intermediate level of the lower buildings, public roof gardens offer tranquil green spaces, and at the top of the eight residential towers private roof gardens are connected to the penthouses. All public functions on the ground level, – including a restaurant, hotel, Montessori school, kindergarten, and cinema – have connections with the green spaces surrounding and penetrating the project.

The project was named Best Tall Building 2009 in the Asia and Australia category by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

The project was named Best Tall Building 2009 in the Asia and Australia category by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

Elevators displace like a “jump cut” to another series of passages on higher levels. From the 18th floor a multi-functional series of skybridges with a swimming pool, a fitness room, a café, a gallery, etcetera connects the eight residential towers and the hotel tower, and offers views over the unfolding city.

 

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