Aedas extends the hill and valley topology to a mixed-use development in Xuzhou, China
Located in a scenic reserve area between Yunlong Mountain and Lake, Aedas-designed Huasha Plaza is the largest development along the lake and its planning and outlook are carefully designed to minimise its impact to the surrounding environment. It is a mixed-use project comprising hotel, residential, office and retail components.
The key design concept is to extend the hill and valley topology to the center of development to create a harmonious setting with its surrounding beautiful landscape. This is achieved by layering the building masses and creating ‘green valleys’ within the development.
There is a canal going through the middle of the site serving as a floodway. Aedas worked closely with the client, landscape designers and engineers to turn this floodway into a highlight of the project with a water plaza in the middle of the development.
The natural sloping site has a five-metre height difference from south to north, allowing a design for three-dimensional pedestrian and vehicle circulations and maximising the value of different components. People can walk through the whole site on the second floor. Different programmes on different levels have specific roads and circulations leading to each of them. This is the first three-dimensional cross circulation in Xuzhou.