Imaginative design can adapt the crudely familiar podium-and-tower typology to reinforce functional needs for varying uses while exuding an identity which suits all of them.

If the building looks outward as well as inward, it can also forge a series of connections with its neighbourhood that can weave more layers into the weft of activities. Devising entrances, circulation and spatial layouts that can work on different cycles engenders different patterns of animation and occupation that come far closer to the encrusted accidents of traditional cities than sanitized and secured malls.

CLOU’s design for Vanke Super City in Changping, a satellite town 50km from Beijing, shows how ideas could become reality. Its disparate forms convey the mix of different activities and break down its 100,000 sq m bulk into smaller elements.

Clearly articulated stairs and escalators express its circulation routes - an important feature as it has two patterns, one for the 12 hours of daytime in the retail podium, the other for the residential area above, where restaurants, bars and cinemas could be open and so encourage activity for 24 hours of the day.

Sections showing the internal volumes confirm their inherent rationality within the functional and commercial context. Here ‘breaking the box’ simulates the variety of traditional urban forms and offers the opportunity for a genuine sense of urban life to develop.

Text by Jeremy Melvin, Architectural Review 2015

'With our vision for Super City we took a dive into a comic book version of a shopping mall typology to set aside real world constraints.' Christian Taeubert, CLOU Director

富有想象力的设计能使最简单常规的塔楼加裙楼式建筑类型适应多元化需求,既充满独特个性,又能与功能性并行不悖。

如果一栋建筑能同时兼顾对外的开放性与对内的包容性,它也就能够与周围社区建立起更广泛的连接,从而编织出层次更丰富的活动网络。和传统内外界限分明的公共建筑相比,一个界面开放,流线层次丰富,空间使用灵活的新型城市公共建筑类型可以更好的激发城市的活力和潜力,可以在一成不变的传统城市里刺激和引导一系列随机事件的发生。

在离北京50公里的卫星城市昌平,CLOU设计的万科超级城市,将上述理念变为了现实。在这里,不同形式的活动场景混合重组,将10万平方米的巨大体量分解为人性化的小尺度单元。

从建筑外部清晰可见的楼梯和自动扶梯向人们展现了建筑竖向流线系统的内部逻辑。流线的组织方式是该项目的重要特征,它使两种运营模式并存于一个商业体量中成为可能:一种是针对零售商场白天12小时的运行;另一种是针对商场以上的住区,包括餐厅、酒吧、电影院等开放,倡导一种24小时全天候的生活方式。

对于内部体量的展示部分验证了该项目在功能上和商业上的内在合理性。在这里,超越常规的思维方式刺激了传统城市形态向多样化演变,为城市生活发展提供真正有意义的契机。

撰文Jeremy Melvin2015 建筑评论

‘随着我们对超级城市项目的设想,我们深入探讨了一个漫画风格的购物中心类型,从而抛开现实世界的限制。’ Christian TaeubertCLOU总监

Super City

超级城市