Urumqi Retail/Commercial Mixed Use
Office/Mall Mixed Use
Urumqi, Xinjiang, China
The complex consists of 5 levels of shopping mall, and a 150m SOHO office tower. The form of the shopping mall reminiscence of the rugged mountain that is unique to Xinjiang province, colours of Hanas filters onto the façade of the tower, and simple but clear circulation with a slight curve for the shopping mall bears strong resemblance to the free flow of Xinjiang Hanas river. Also implement the energy sustainable principles, as using more solid materials and insulation on the building facade and as to introduce natural ground cooling devices, by sucking air into the underground tunnels and let the natural cooling effect underground for cooling the air, then channel the cooled air up into the atrium of the mall. This is inspired by low carbon, energy sustainable lifestyle of the people in Hanas Xinjiang. It has always been my wish to create vernacular architecture that incorporates local uniqueness into the design that is specifically to the culture and the place.