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Longfor Sales Center // Martha Schwartz Partners

Xiamen, China

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With its location in the Xiamen Xiang An district, north of the Xiamen city center, the ‘Times Central’Development Area is envisioned to become the new central hub of Xiamen, where diversecrowds of people from different geographies, age groups, and businesses will connect.To generate enthusiasm and advance sales for the development, the client required that a SalesCentre be created to introduce the development to the larger community.

© Martha Schwartz Partners

© Martha Schwartz Partners

In addition to communicatingthe benefits and design ideology of the future Longfor Xiamen development, the designhad to visually balance the view of the nearby lake with that of the existing building, allow forample customer parking, and address circulation challenges with the adjacent street.An early Chinese poet once described Xiamen as “a city that leans on stones like a flower;where millions of mountains embrace the sea.”Symbolizing the act of skimming stones across a calm reflective lake in such a way that createsever-increasing ripples, the concept epitomizes how every throw and every bounce signifiesLongfor`s future development.

© Martha Schwartz Partners

© Martha Schwartz Partners

These expanding, concentric ripples radiate outwards across thesite in representation of the thoughts, ideas and philosophies of Longfor moving forward.At the end of the ripples, there is a calm, reflective lake with a Floating Pavilion. This large andshallow water feature serves as a mirror for the surrounding building and plants.

© Martha Schwartz Partners

© Martha Schwartz Partners

At one end ofthis water feature sits the Floating Pavilion as an iconic sculpture symbolizing the skimmingstone. Accessed by a walkway sunken beneath the lake surface, the Floating Pavilion provides aquiet and comfortable space in which the client may meet in conversation with their customers.Originally envisioned as a temporary installation, the client has elected to retain the DemonstrationZone permanently..

© Martha Schwartz Partners

© Martha Schwartz Partners

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