Andersen Garden is an impressive residential complex, where the Upper East Side neighbourhood is intended to resemble the prestigious areas surrounding Central Park in New York and will consist of residential, commercial and leisure uses. schmidt hammer lassen architects was responsible for the design of the largest plot comprising a 93,000 square metres large housing development.
The sequence of six slender blocks clad in white Chinese granite are placed on a sculpted green plinth housing retail areas and connections to local infrastructure and parking. Clear stair turrets link the towers and create a sense of transparency. At the ground level, the green base forms a lightly undulating plaza and provides residents with access to recreational areas designated as community clubs. The upper part of the plinth forms a sunny west-facing parkland area.
The individual units follow the classic style of Chinese courtyard houses in the historic part of Beijing, where accommodation is arranged around a central inner court. In this way the need for hallways is obviated. The orientation accentuates daylight access and view to the Bahe River and the green spaces beyond.