Aedas again withstood strong competitors from various Asian countries to win four 2016 MIPIM Asia Awards, including:
• Gold Award, Best Office and Business Development – Sina Plaza, Beijing, China, designed by Global Board Director Ken Wai
• Silver Award, Best Chinese Futura Mega Project – Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City Mixed-use Project, Chongqing, China, designed by Global Board Director Andy Wen
• Bronze Award, Best Futura Project – Taipei European School European Secondary Campus Redevelopment, Taipei, Taiwan, designed by Global Board Director Andy Wen
• Bronze Award, Best Chinese Futura Project – Qingdao Chengyang Cultural Arts and Sports Center, Qingdao, China
Sina Plaza, the principal office for Nasdaq-listed SINA Corporation in China, reflects the infinity symbol ‘∞’ to express the concept of ‘limitless’ – as advances in media technology and information flow have opened up unlimited opportunities in the digital world. Drawing from the Chinese architectural heritage of courtyards, the building frames two major open courtyard gardens for the users. At the intersection or centre of the building is the main entrance and a focal point – the ‘Eye of Sina’ – an atrium space that serves as the main vertical circulation hub and features a 12-metre high conical media screen which displays current media information by Sina.com and Weibo.
Chongqing Xinhua Bookstore Group Jiefangbei Book City Mixed-use Project is a dynamic complex that encompasses a sky cultural plaza, retail shops, apartments, offices and a boutique hotel in the heart of downtown Chongqing. The design drew inspirations from an ancient Chinese prose ‘Knowledge brings wealth’ to integrate book with the cultural elements of Chongqing, creating an interactive commercial complex with Xinhua Bookstore sitting at the core of the podium.
Located in the beautiful Yangmingshan and adjacent to the famous Taipei Hwa Kang Art School, the design of Taipei European School European Secondary Campus Redevelopment takes into account local climatic conditions and draws its inspiration from traditional book cases used in China for book collection by creating a series of ‘shells’ on elevation. At the same time, the design maximises natural light and provides shading to the functional spaces while greatly reducing a reliance on artificial lighting and air conditioning.
Qingdao Chengyang Cultural Arts and Sports Center combines a theatre, museum, archive and sports venue in a holistic manner. The shape of the building is similar to a cut diamond, which the numerous changes in dimension reflect the colourful urban life of Chengyang. The façade uses Qingdao’s local stones to form a texture that is rich in geographical features. The MIPIM Asia Awards recognise the property industry’s best and brightest, rewarding innovation and achievement in a variety of fields. Source and images Courtesy of Aedas.