Jiaxing Island by MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture

Jiaxing Island

Jiaxing Island
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With their design for the mixed-use building Jiaxing Island the Shanghai-based offices MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture challenge the conventional notions of urbanization in China.

Jiaxing Island
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By interpreting the assignment for a clubhouse into a small village, the architects shaped a human scale environment with public space at the heart of the project and created a truly people-oriented architecture.

Jiaxing Island
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On the fringe of quickly urbanizing Jiaxing, a one million-inhabitant city between Shanghai and Hangzhou, this complex finds itself in a ferociously dynamic context.

Jiaxing Island
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The radical transformation, from countryside to densely built environment, had an immense impact on the scale of the urban fabric: from S to XL in less than a decade.

Jiaxing Island
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Jiaxing Island challenges a couple of the classic urban concepts in China, such as the enormous scale, the north-south orientation, the car-dominated streets, and the square as an expression of power.

Jiaxing Island
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This project offers a car free urban village with multi-layered functions and emphasis on public space. Eight volumes merge into one building, offering a myriad of programs, uses, and experiences.

Jiaxing Island
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The diverse uses – office, hotel, gallery, restaurants, kindergarten, sports, pool – are divided over the different buildings opening up onto the central square. The volumes interconnect on the second floor where you pass through a multitude of programs and activities by walking the connecting bridges.

Jiaxing Island
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The architecture is diverse and multifaceted. The façade, made of Spanish sandstone, is closed in the alleys but rich and varied on the square and on the outside towards its surroundings. The voids and atriums in every volume create variations in views and perspectives.

Jiaxing Island
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The generous stairs connect the square to an underground conference centre. The steps also function as seats and can be used as an open-air auditorium. The square is a great place for children to play and for people to relax.

Jiaxing Island
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Jiaxing Island mixes functions, uses, and experiences. And by literally placing the public space in the heart of the project, it ultimately mixes people. Source by MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture.

Jiaxing Island
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  • Location: Jiaxing Island, China
  • Archiects: MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture
  • MORE Architecture Project Team: Daan Roggeveen, Robert Chen, Jaime Fernández Rosa, Adrián Briega Muñoz, Xue Guangjie, Emilio Wang, Cherie Cheung, Stephen Kwok, Ma Yuanrong, Wang Bizhou
  • AIM Architecture Project Team: Vincent de Graaf, Wendy Saunders, Alejandro Felipe, Jane Ji, Dong Ker, Mavis Li, Jiao Yan, Zhou Min, Fredrik Garpenfelt, Allan Yin
  • Engineering: CSCEC / Zhang Ye and Tian Le
  • Contractor: Zhejiang Construction and Engineering Group
  • Façade: Hunan Façade Construction Group
  • Client: Jiaxing Huazhang Real Estate Ltd.
  • Size: 16,000 sqm
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Dirk Weiblen, Courtesy of MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture
Jiaxing Island
Photo © Dirk Weiblen
Jiaxing Island
Photo © Dirk Weiblen
Jiaxing Island
Photo © Dirk Weiblen
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Level 01 Floor Plan
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