Set along Chengdu’s second ring road, the Chengdu Residential Project is a unique luxury residential development, composed of two striking towers in an engaging, park-like site.
Offering a thoughtful play between inside and outside, the form of the towers is derived from the elegant composition and tapered geometry of ancient Chinese pottery. Each tower is wrapped in an intricately patterned, perforated metal veil – calling to mind Chinese screens and fans – which offer residents both privacy and visibility. The density of the veil responds to the program that it covers, so that the veil has a more porous appearance over living spaces than it does over private zones such as bedrooms. The veil also serves to mask mechanical equipment on the exterior of the building and provide a sense of security for balcony areas.
Where the veils end, the façade gives way to a new expression in the form of glass cubes, which generate a series of stacked terraces up the towers, vertical gardens that offer luxurious balcony spaces with unobstructed views of the city.
At the ground level, the metal veils are lifted up from the ground to welcome residents into the buildings’ bright lobby spaces. The pedestrian spaces on the site are designed to encourage informal interactions, drawing people to the tea garden and down into the sunken garden at the center of the site, which leads to the below-grade amenities clubhouse. The cascading steps of the sunken garden are set alongside gently-flowing waterfalls, creating a reflective social gathering space.