OMA breaks ground on Xhinhu Hangzhou Prism mixed-use building in China

WCN Editorial Team 12 Mar 2019 ASIA BUILDINGS

Dutch company Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) has begun construction on Xinhu Hangzhou Prism, a pyramid-shaped mixed-use building, which forms the heart of Hangzhou’s Future Tech City in the new Technology Central Business District (CBD) in China.

The project has been commissioned by Zhejiang Xinhu Haichuang Group.

Hangzhou, the capital of Zhejiang Province, is rapidly developing into a tech-hub, home to some of China’s largest technology companies, including Alibaba Group Holding and NetEase, and a burgeoning start-up scene, said OMA.

Xinhu Hangzhou Prism’s design by OMA integrates modernity into the beauty of the surrounding natural landscape.

The complex will accommodate a hotel, retail space, lofts and an atrium garden.

The 50,000m² Xinhu Hangzhou Prism is shaped by two oblique cuts through the building envelope, creating terraced lofts with scenic views.

A large interior void creates a publicly accessible garden with water features and playgrounds.

Xinhu Hangzhou Prism pays homage to the ancient saying that there is ‘paradise above, and Hangzhou below’.

The building is complemented by an adjacent 35,000m² residential tower, reflecting the geometry of a prism in its façade.

The project is led by Chris van Duijn and Michalis Hadjistyllis and is expected to be completed in 2020.

Chris van Duijn said: “Xinhu Hangzhou Prism will encourage the development of a creative community in the new CBD of Hangzhou.

“The design enables flexible programming and a broad repertoire of communal outdoor spaces, while maintaining a strong visual identity: striking in its form, archetypical yet contemporary.”

Earlier in March 2019, Brookfield Properties and Park Tower Group have unveiled two new towers at Greenpoint Landing, US, which have been designed by OMA.

The two towers, in conjunction with a lower seven-storey building, will bring 745 units of housing, 30% of which will be affordable, and more than an acre of new public open space to the neighbourhood.

This project is OMA New York’s first ground-up building in the borough of Brooklyn.

By extending Eagle Street and Dupont Street, the towers will expand the existing public waterfront esplanade, creating 2.5-acres of continuous public open space along the shoreline, and add 8,600ft² of ground-floor retail to the neighbourhood.

Construction is expected to begin in summer 2019.

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Image: Xinhu Hangzhou Prism. Photo: Courtesy of OMA.

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