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Jiakun Architects : West Village - Basis Yard

In the heart of the bustling capital of Sichuan, Chengdu (China), lies the West Village - Basis Yard complex designed by Jiakun Architects. A colossus of concrete and metal that combines shopping center and urban park in a monumental structure, which brings a place of calm and living together in a densely populated area.

Occupying an entire island of 237 meters by 178 meters from Chengdu, which originally was a golf course, the project consists of the construction of a six-storey shopping center, skirting the eastern, western and southern boundaries of the parcel , remained untouched until then. Following a U-plane, the construction encircles a gigantic open area of ​​over 9 600 square meters, comprising a bamboo forest, two football fields and a multicultural 1 600 square-meter center spread over two floors. It has seven entrances on the street, which lead to through shops through front and rear passageways, thus maximizing the number of access and outdoor spaces for visitors. To the north, two impressive inclined aerial bridges, close the built-up complex and connect the levels of the shopping malls, offering the inhabitants, whether they are walkers, joggers or cyclists, a place conducive to exercise and breathtaking views on the city.

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The stake of the operation was to realize a gross establishment, with the scale of the Chinese megalopolis, broth of activities, while bringing a life of district. A retreat that attracts both locals and barges.

The architects paid particular attention to the construction details. Concrete used on the floor and walls, thus displaying a texture echoing the traditional bamboo weave, and the roof terraces were covered with hollow blocks allowing the plants to colonize the buildings and to evoke in this way the green environment of the Sichuan Valley.

A design like Chengdu, colossal and urban.

To learn more, visit the website of Jiakun Architects
Photographs: © ArchExist Jiakun Architects

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