Blue RealEstate Company (BRC), a multi-industry enterprise mainly specialized in real estate and digital construction, plans to transform the Century Business Plaza, Chengdu - a retail building back to the 1990s - into a comprehensive office campus.
Located in the city center of Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan Province, China, the vision of the redevelopment is to create a new prototype of an office building. Originated in the 1990s, the building exterior was mixed with disharmony elements, dated materials, stick-out signages, and MEP equipment, and the indoor environment is dark, depressing, and lacks floor planning. Therefore, introduce a large open area with a natural landscape and cultural elements into the workplace become the key solution of the generation. Thus create a stand-out office building within the existing site constraint, that attracts tenants and visitors with fusion and healthy experiences.
Inspired by the traditional Chinese garden, the design principle is to simplify the façade to create a pure city interface with a “Chinese traditional garden” in the central atrium. The design team not only introduced sufficient sunlight into the building but created a comfortable, flexible, and ecological office space for both building users and citizens.
The central garden embraces an imaginative “Peach Blossom Land” from Chinese legend to create a journey of discovery an ethereal utopia in harmony with nature. The organic building entrances and the façade composed of reflective dragon scales, which naturally attract the eyes and lead people into the garden. It is like the translucent medium of the secular world and this peach blossom land.
In addition to creating a city garden for citizens, the renovation evokes the history, culture, natural beauty, and vitality that are the hallmarks of the ancient city and Sichuan province. The regeneration of BRC Century Business Plaza sets a new benchmark for a future renovation project in China.