Aedas designs new blocks of vertical urban space for Zhengzhou, China by Aedas

            <img src="https://archinect.imgix.net/uploads/hw/hwo61ywtb7ad2opb.jpg?fit=crop&auto=compress%2Cformat&w=1200" border="0" />Zhenghong Property Air Harbour Office Project, designed by Aedas, comprises three interconnecting office buildings in Zhengzhou, the provincial capital of Henan Province and a major transportation hub in central China.
The design scheme delivers a straight forward solution by laying three office blocks along a narrow site, catering to government, corporate tenants and the client. The blocks are connected by shared facilities and rooftop terraces to deliver three-dimensional vertical urban spaces. The building form is inspired by the famed Yellow River which winds like a dragon. The 45-de­gree-angled layout provides an outlook that resembles the winding course of the river, and at the same time maximising both views towards Zhenghong Central Park in the north and distance away from the residential blocks in the south. Such orientation also creates more open spaces on ground level and facilitates ventilation. Strategically located near Zhengzhou Xinzheng International Airport wi...

Aedas designs a dragon-inspired cultural-tourism complex in Zhuhai, China by Aedas

            <img src="http://cdn.archinect.net/images/650x/b3/b3vkcd3rmg483y5n.jpg" width="650" height="510" border="0" title="" alt="" />Aedas-design Zhuhai Hengqin Headquarters Complex (Phase II) sits in a prime area on the Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, in close proximity to the Lotus Bridge that links to Cotai, Macau. Overlooking some of the largest casino resorts across the river, the development is set to be an integrated cultural tourism-oriented complex with two high-rise Grade-A office towers and a series of retail, banquet, entertainment and leisure venues.
In ancient Chinese myths, the totem of two dragons chasing for a pearl symbolises good fortune and happiness. Design of the two towers and the small banquet building in between took reference from this totem. The towers portray a sense of strength and power with a façade that shimmers under the sun; while the banquet building looks like an exquisite pearl. The podium design, on the other hand, echos the nearby Lotus Bridge. It resembles a blooming lotus flower with ‘lotus leaves’ wrapping Continue reading "Aedas designs a dragon-inspired cultural-tourism complex in Zhuhai, China by Aedas"

Shanghai Landmark Center by Aedas

Located on the north bank of Suzhou Creek and within the business area across Sichuan North Road and Zhapu Road in Shanghai, Aedas-design Shanghai Landmark Center enjoys a prime location with excellent views towards the Northern Bund and Huangpu River. The site is surrounded by low-rise residential blocks and a number of historic buildings such as the Shanghai Post and Telecommunication Bureau, Shanghai General Hospital, New Asia Hotel, Ruikang Mansion and Outer Baidu Bridge, forming a unique urban fabric. The new complex creates a synergy for the commercial hub and the neighbourhood and connects the old and new of Shanghai city. In response to the vibrant neighbourhood and low-rise domestic buildings on the east and north, this commercial development retreats from south to north with two towers sit in the south of the site with the retail components in the north, embracing an open central plaza for food and beverage Continue reading "Shanghai Landmark Center by Aedas"

Aedas designs a gateway to Belt and Road by Aedas

Nansha Kingboard Free Trade Zone Mixed-use Project, designed by Aedas, is located in Guangzhou, the starting point of the ancient Maritime Silk Road. The site is an elongated, irregular-shaped plot with fantastic views of the Jiaomen River and Phoenix Lake. The architecture presents a sense of grandeur much like a gateway to the Belt and Road. The building form, a series of stacking geometric blocks, enables a diverse range of silhouettes from different perspectives and capitalises on the surrounding river and lake views. The skin is simple and elegant in contrast to the complex building form. The horizontal fins act as sun-shading devices to moderate the internal environment. While the project is situated in a prime location with fantastic views of surrounding lake and river, the irregular-shaped plot and proximity to metro tracks pose challenges to the design. The upper portion of the building rotates by 45 degrees to maximise Continue reading "Aedas designs a gateway to Belt and Road by Aedas"

Aedas’ new commercial complex in Shenzhen reveals Chinese bamboo totem by Aedas

Designed by Aedas, Gmond International Building is a representative regeneration project in the old town in Shenzhen. The project will house the headquarters for Tellus-Gmond, Grade 5A lettable office spaces and a jewellery trading centre. The well-facilitated transport hub nearby brings enormous circulation to the complex and generates excellent development potentials. The architectural form of this 200-metre super high-rise is referenced to the traditional Chinese totem of bamboo which symbolises prosperity and moral integrity. The ascending podium massing recaptures a growing bamboo, featuring exterior landscaped staircases, public platforms, eco-friendly rooftop gardens and an art centre that will also serve as a jewellery exhibition venue. The podium façade expresses as large bamboo leaves to enclose the commercial component forming an interesting duet with the blooming tower. Project: Gmond International Building
Location: Shenzhen, PRC
Architect: Aedas
Client: Shenzhen Gmond Inves...

Aedas wins competition to design new tourist hub for Sanya, China by Aedas

Located in front of the Sanya High-speed Railway Station, Sanya Integrated Commercial and Transportation Hub is a mixed-use tourist attraction and transportation hub. It will feature a retail podium, shopping streets/village, a hotel, serviced apartments, a wedding/event hall, a cinema, a children’s playground and a sky garden, all of which are linked to the high-speed rail and tram stations as well as the bus terminal. The design is inspired by the Chinese dragon and phoenix. The continuous canopy system links different programmes, presenting an integrated and grand morphology. The canopy system and set-back terrace, combined with vernacular tropical plants, provide visitors a featured tropical destination. The project aims to offer a unique public realm experience to all local and foreign visitors. Aedas also designed the master plan for developing the area in front of the Sanya Railway Station in 2012.

Aedas wins competition to design new tourist hub for Sanya, China by Aedas

Located in front of the Sanya High-speed Railway Station, Sanya Integrated Commercial and Transportation Hub is a mixed-use tourist attraction and transportation hub. It will feature a retail podium, shopping streets/village, a hotel, serviced apartments, a wedding/event hall, a cinema, a children’s playground and a sky garden, all of which are linked to the high-speed rail and tram stations as well as the bus terminal. The design is inspired by the Chinese dragon and phoenix. The continuous canopy system links different programmes, presenting an integrated and grand morphology. The canopy system and set-back terrace, combined with vernacular tropical plants, provide visitors a featured tropical destination. The project aims to offer a unique public realm experience to all local and foreign visitors. Aedas also designed the master plan for developing the area in front of the Sanya Railway Station in 2012.

Aedas Interiors transforms VMS Investment Group Headquarters into an art gallery by Aedas

When relocating to a new office there is a golden opportunity for a company to transform their culture and ethos. Aedas Interiors, when working with VMS Investment Group on their relocation to a whole floor in Exchange Square, was tasked with this transformation process and to create a new workplace environment that showcased the multi-faceted and versatile nature of the firm. The concept of forming an ‘art gallery’ look and feel provided the backdrop to house VMS’s various operations, extensive client areas and their growing art collection.  Aedas Interiors' device of framing key views, aspects and elements elevated them to being artwork in their own right. A strong hospitality element was created by positioning their café in the most prominent location at the entrance, providing immediate social connection to clients, visitors and staff. The material palette is a selection of warm and natural materials creating a comfortable and inviting Continue reading "Aedas Interiors transforms VMS Investment Group Headquarters into an art gallery by Aedas"

Project Design of the Year – Tara Theatre by Aedas Arts Team by Aedas

Recently reopened, Tara Theatre in London, UK, is the new state-of-the-art home for the acclaimed Tara Arts, the oldest multicultural theatre company in the UK. Designed by Aedas Arts Team, it has won the ‘Project Design of the Year’ award at this year’s London Construction Awards. The new incarnation of Tara Theatre fuses the global and the local, creating an inspirational space for the country’s first cross-cultural theatre to create art from the dialogue between East and West. Oriental elements were integrated into the design to pay homage to the history of the theatre being Asian-led and owned - and to express the unique identity of Tara Arts in the English theatre landscape. The motif of the Banyan Tree refers to India’s ‘tree of life’ - and the shade it offers a place to meet as a focus of community life. ‘Tara’s Tree’ wraps around the façade and is pargeted, Continue reading "Project Design of the Year – Tara Theatre by Aedas Arts Team by Aedas"

Aedas wins two international competitions to design Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Passenger Building

Reinforcing Aedas’ strength in the infrastructure sector, two international competition wins to design the Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Third Runway Passenger Building demonstrate Aedas’ growing influence in providing innovative aviation solutions. As an international team consisting of GDAD as the local design institute/terminal planners, Landrum & Brown as aviation planners, and Aedas as Lead Design Architect, we have been awarded the design and construction of the new Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse in China. Passengers arrive in the heart of the Concourse from the Auto People Mover (APM) station which allows light filled views up to the roof over. The multi-level retail and food & beverage areas provide a rich variety of environments and areas for passengers, guiding them intuitively towards the departure gates. The roof form over, inspired by the gently curving rivers of the region, further reinforces the flow of the passen...

Aedas wins two international competitions to design Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport Third Runway Passenger Building

Reinforcing Aedas’ strength in the infrastructure sector, two international competition wins to design the Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse and Hong Kong International Airport (HKIA) Third Runway Passenger Building demonstrate Aedas’ growing influence in providing innovative aviation solutions. As an international team consisting of GDAD as the local design institute/terminal planners, Landrum & Brown as aviation planners, and Aedas as Lead Design Architect, we have been awarded the design and construction of the new Shenzhen Airport Satellite Concourse in China. Passengers arrive in the heart of the Concourse from the Auto People Mover (APM) station which allows light filled views up to the roof over. The multi-level retail and food & beverage areas provide a rich variety of environments and areas for passengers, guiding them intuitively towards the departure gates. The roof form over, inspired by the gently curving rivers of the region, further reinforces the flow of the passen...

Chengdu City Music Hall wins World Architecture Festival Award

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Chengdu City Music Hall in China is the winner of the Competition Entries - Future Projects category at World Architecture Festival (WAF) Awards 2016. Located at the Wuhou district in Chengdu, China, the Chengdu City Music Hall complex balances cultural components within a dense urban environment disconnected from its traditional connection to nature. The traditional Chinese landscape paintings or shan shui paintings – ‘shan’ refers to mountain and ‘shui’ to river – are evolved from the surrounding Sichuan landscapes. The use of positive and negative spaces in this art form portrays an interesting balance between the physical and the ephemeral. These relationships were explored in how to balance the ‘imagined’ creations of the performance venues and school of arts with the ‘tangibles’ of the buildings which contain them. The physical line between the tangible and the ephemeral was celebrated as a stepped public series Continue reading "Chengdu City Music Hall wins World Architecture Festival Award"

Cloud on Terrace in the heart of Shanghai, China by Aedas

Designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, Gemdale Changshou Road is located within the inner ring of Shanghai urban city, near the historic Changde Road with close proximity to two metro stations and a planned future green area in the residential zone on the south. The 45,000-square-metre project consists of an office tower and a retail podium. The project had an interesting challenge as a bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road to the north. The retail steps away from the tower setback to the property edge, with lush terraces as an extension of the green park to the south. Entrances for the retail are visible at both ends facing the busy pedestrian junctions and connecting the two metro station entrances. The lower portion is highly accessible bringing a missing ‘humanism’ to the urban fabric. The tower itself was deliberately ambiguous with the soft forms dissolving Continue reading "Cloud on Terrace in the heart of Shanghai, China by Aedas"

Olympia 66, Dalian, China by Aedas

INTRODUCTION
Olympia 66 is a statement of innovative design as a landmark in the city of Dalian, China. The design respects Chinese culture and urban context, with the thoughtful approach to its relationship to the street providing generous community space and plazas with integrated landscape. Designed by Aedas, this 7-storey shopping mall grasps the fine balance between complex form and function, responding to the immediate surroundings and local community and providing the largest shopping, lifestyle and leisure complex in Dalian. SITE DETAILS
Olympia 66 is located at Wusi Lu, a prominent avenue in the heart of commercial and residential district in Dalian. The 63,400-squaremetre site is adjacent to the Olympia Square, a sequence of squares along the main avenue of Zhongshan Lu. To the east sits People’s Square, the home of the municipal government, whilst to the west is Xinghai Square. With great visibility from Zhongshan Lu and Wusi Lu, the project has good road transport connectio...

Aedas-design Gallery at Hongqiao World Centre Opens in Shanghai by Aedas

As the first completed building in Greenland’s Hongqiao World Centre designed by Aedas, the leaf-shaped gallery will exhibit future developments of the projects and will later be converted in an anchor store after the whole project is completed. The form of the gallery was designed in response to the ‘clover leaf’ concept of the nearby Qingpu Xujing Conference and Exhibition Centre. There is a pedestrian bridge directly linking the two properties.   The gallery will later be joined by Hotel Primus and a shopping mall, which are slated to open in 2016. The three buildings, designed by Project Design Directors Wai Tang and Keith Griffiths, are strategically oriented to divert circulation towards on eof the world’s largest conference centres and the larger Hongqiao central business district.

Aedas extends the hill and valley topology to a mixed-use development in Xuzhou, China by Aedas

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. Project Design Director Yu-chieh Chiang 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-...

Two Aedas projects win renowned International Architecture Awards 2014

Aedas’ Guangzhou Commercial Showcase Complex and Center 66 won the prestigious International Architecture Awards 2014 given by The Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design.

“We are thrilled to receive two awards from the renowned Chicago Athenaeum: Museum of Architecture and Design with our high-density mixed-use projects,” said Keith Griffiths, Chairman of Aedas. “Aedas global platform for creative excellence in design enables some of the world’s most talented designers to plug into the latest information and delivery systems they need to produce truly world-class design solutions.” Designed by Andrew Bromberg of Aedas, Guangzhou Commercial Showcase Complex is part of the larger Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex. Located outside Guangzhou on the Pazhou island dedicated to exhibition related activities, Nanfung Commercial, Hospitality and Exhibition Complex contains four distinct programmatic uses that are split between two different sites separated by...

Aedas realigns international practice

The board of Aedas has announced its decision to separate the business. The 13 offices in China, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the USA, will continue to operate under the Aedas brand. The eight UK offices and the offices in Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan will operate under a new name AHR. The demerger will allow both companies to focus on their respective strengths and will enable them to grow the businesses in different directions. The intention is that both groups will continue to work together on projects in the future. Keith Griffiths, chairman of Aedas, said, “This move reinforces Aedas primary aim to provide international design services to the major world cities through our network of 13 offices and 1,400 staff.” Brian Johnson, chairman of the new UK practice, said, “We believe that this is a very natural evolution based on how the practice has been operating in recent years and to all intents and purposes there will be no change for our clients or our 450 staff.” The realign...

Aedas realigns international practice

The board of Aedas has announced its decision to separate the business. The 13 offices in China, South-East Asia, the Middle East and the USA, will continue to operate under the Aedas brand. The eight UK offices and the offices in Russia, Poland and Kazakhstan will operate under a new name AHR. The demerger will allow both companies to focus on their respective strengths and will enable them to grow the businesses in different directions. The intention is that both groups will continue to work together on projects in the future. Keith Griffiths, chairman of Aedas, said, “This move reinforces Aedas primary aim to provide international design services to the major world cities through our network of 13 offices and 1,400 staff.” Brian Johnson, chairman of the new UK practice, said, “We believe that this is a very natural evolution based on how the practice has been operating in recent years and to all intents and purposes there will be no change for our clients or our 450 staff.” The realign...

Aedas-designed, highly sculptural LAND Experience Center in China now opens by Aedas

Situated at the intersection of the main city axis and Yanzhan Road, Aedas-designed LAND Experience Center is an interactive exhibition center with a fully immersive space to showcase developer LAND’s vision for the Xi’an city and its development strategies.  It is now open for public visit, and can serve as a sales and marketing centre for the company when needed. The project, designed by Project Design Director Ping Jiang, consists of an exhibition hall, a multipurpose room, administration offices and a separate display wing. Its sculptural form is derived from the local undulating topography that reflects the duality and dynamics of Xi’an. Orchestrated through a series of events, the center also serves as an interactive hub to showcase the company’s development strategies and visions for the city, while providing sensory experience of the feature programmes. This unique pavilion is also designed for adaptive reuse. Built on a specially engineered steel raft foundation, it is a port...