In Chengdu, one of China’s mega-cities with the best quality of life, considered a "green city", architectural studio gmp (von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects) won a design contest held in 2009 for the Dayuan International Center. Completed in 2015, the complex was designed to permit public life to take place outside the buildings, restoring the human scale to the relationship with buildings and attractive public spaces both indoors and outdoors.
The complex stands on one of the city’s main streets, Tianfu Avenue. Skyscrapers alternate with constructions only four floors high to create a network of connections between outdoor spaces and preserve the city’s high density. Different façade solutions permit differentiation of the buildings by function even while preserving the identity of the complex thanks to a number of common features such as use of the same materials and volumes with rounded edges.
The architects assign great importance to landscape design, creating green spaces and differentiating the height of the buildings. The design of the gardens, using different materials such as bamboo, grass and water, accompanied by a system of paths and pedestrian routes making it perfectly safe to use the outdoor spaces makes an important contribution to the quality of the urban space and the creation of an identity for the complex as a whole.
Design: gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects
Location: Chengdu, China
Images courtesy of gmp, photo © Christian Gahl