One Sino Park Offices and Spa, a new multi-use building in Chongqing, China, which was designed by aoe Architects, a Beijing architecture and interior design studio, was recently completed and achieved a dazzling design. The 3 210m² building is owned by Sunac, a property developer in China. It includes a sales office, art and exhibition spaces, as well as a health club. It is constructed into the surrounding mountain face of a rocky cliffside, bringing vibrancy to the city.
A facade symbolising health, longevity and truth
The aluminium-formed, thousand-paper crane facade of the One Sino Park Offices and Spa building is engineered by CMCU Engineering; and is a reference to Asian culture. The deconstructivism of the building is easy to see, giving visitors the impression that the building construction is fragmented and that there is an absence of harmony, continuity or symmetry.
The building consists of four floors, with the main entrance located on the third level and supported by a riveted steel structure forming the main framework of the building. The ground floor has a health club and a heated swimming pool. The second and third floors include the main sales centre, as well as exhibition and functional spaces. The fourth floor has a small art gallery that will continue to evolve as the space develops into a community art centre.
Rock shapes and sculptural design create visual appeal
Designers deconstructed and reconstructed the internal One Sino Park Offices and Spa building to create flowing spaces, using an open floorplan that provides an inclusive environment to promote interaction, visitor participation and a communal experience.
Externally, the building incorporates the shapes and forms of surrounding rock formations, as well as intriguing sculptural design elements, with a freehand brushwork facade of the building walls contributing to a dynamic external visual appeal.
The One Sino Park Offices and Spa building is an infusion of architectural elements conducive to the building topography, which creates a rich architectural urban space. The outdoor seating area, with a green garden on the top floor, creates a natural, relaxing space where visitors can unwind and promotes a more inclusive nature-centred environment where interaction is encouraged.
Material characteristics studied intensely
aoe Architects carefully studied the characteristics of a wide variety of materials when designing the One Sino Park Offices and Spa building, which was based on understating the behaviour of materials. They considered the effects of the materials in terms of shadow and light; and decided to implement stainless steel, an abundance of glass and acrylic light rods to contrast with the cave-like elements of the building to showcase it successfully.
Glass cantilevers and 800mm beams extending horizontally, which are supported only at one end, seamlessly connect the transparent framework. Large sections of the wall are cantilevered by steel columns with composite plate inserts to carry the load of large sections of the building.
The mirrored finish of the structure’s stainless-steel framework glistens in the sunlight during the day, which distinguishes it from the surrounding landscape greenery. Acrylic light rods shine brightly around the structure at night, creating a dream-like aura surrounding the building.
Enhancing civic pride and interaction
This project highlights the relationship between architecture, nature, society and the local community, using the design-oriented thinking of modern lifestyles to enhance the space and experience of visitors to the building. The large-scale urban architecture of One Sino Park Offices and Spa is a work of art embraced by the people of Chongqing as a source of civic pride, helping to create community vitality through interaction and inspiring them to improve their life experiences in the future.
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