During 2002, seemingly the whole of China was undertaking large-scale construction – especially in Beijing where residential and commercial buildings shot up as bamboo after a spring rain.
The majority of the real estate development was focused on the third and fourth ring road. However inside the second ring road was the old district with very limited land for development. The developer of this project was a well-known commercial institute – China New World Real Estate.
The land in question was from Qianmen and Chongwenmen East Streets towards the Temple of Heaven – the world-famous cultural heritage in the centre of Beijing. With a total land area of 80,239m² and an 18m height limit, the challenge was to design an inviting, charming, yet commercially viable and architecturally exciting space.
The first stage had to be useful to the developers in order to market the project. The first stage also had to indicate how it was going to take full advantage of the lower and underground space through its links with the railway system, the open square, escalators, stairs, ramps, bridges, and hallways.
All levels share the same facilities as the ground floor. Natural light is filtered and used extensively to create a sunny and warm environment for retailers and their customers.
We also focussed on creating contemporary interiors within the traditional spatial universes in order to enhance the overall architectural experience.