NL Architects’ Mixed Use Center Mimics Lush Green-Roofed Hills in Xiamen

by , 04/15/14

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NL Architects’ mixed-use shopping center comprises three major layers: a network of SOHO (small office) spaces, a residential program, and approximately 100,000 square feet of retail space. Vankely’s zigzag shape helps maximize the surface area for retail and helps the center achieve an organic and dynamic appearance. Six open-air shopping plazas break up the undulating man-made hillside, and are separated by five landscaped SOHO bridges. The number of levels within each SOHO land bridge increases towards the middle of the site to create an undulating profile.

Related: NL Architects Dream Up a Supermarket Topped with a Lush Park for China

The rolling green roof also doubles as park space wedged between the tall residential towers. Winding pathways lead pedestrians to the high points of each landscaped hill and are lit with rows of lights at night. The mixed use center is slated for completion in 2015 and will open to the public in 2016.

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Via Fast Company

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