Chengdu is the capital of Sichuan province in southwestern China and home to over 14 million people. Famous for pandas and its hot Sichuan cuisine the city is also gaining accolades in the development stakes.
The Aedas-designed Evergrande Huazhi Plaza is a large mixed-use development located near the city centre consisting of retail, office, residential apartments and a hotel. The large shopping mall, The ONE, has recently opened. The St Regis hotel and Evergrande Huazhi Office Tower are also operational.
The Evergrande Huazhi Plaza designers have drawn inspiration from the colourful natural terraced pools and landscapes found nearby formed by calcite deposits.
What has resulted are some stunning design elements that create a distinctive visual impression. It certainly creates a dynamic urban oasis featuring earth-tone granite, interesting patterned surfaces reflecting the rocky elements of the surrounding terrain.
Consisting of over 430,00 square metres in gross floor area the plaza is certainly adding to Chengdu’s impressive development landscape.
The Evergrande Huazhi Plaza is a mixed-use development housing a St Regis hotel as well as apartments, office and retail components.[/caption] Distinctive angles and sharp lines also reflect the surrounding landscape,[/caption] The hotel tower on the east and office tower on the west form a gateway to the plaza shopping centre.[/caption] The glass facade to the St Regis Hotel.[/caption] Marble, granite and warm-toned materials feature throughout. This is the lobby of the office tower.[/caption]Chengdu is also home to the New Century Global Centre, dubbed “the largest freestanding building in the world,” by officials. It is home to offices, hotels, movie theatres, shopping malls, a faux Mediterranean village and family-centred attractions such as a water park called Paradise Island.
Chengdu's New Century Global Centre - It is big enough to hold 20 Sydney Opera Houses.[/caption]A new airport to be built by 2020 and extension of the city’s subway line are responses to the growth of the city as it becomes an economic and cultural powerhouse in western China.
Evergrande Huazi Plaza images from Aedas.