JDS architects: hangzhou waves
dec 26, 2011
JDS architects: hangzhou waves

‘hangzhou waves’ by JDS architects, hangzhou, china
all images courtesy JDS architects

international practice JDS architects has created the winning competition proposal ‘hangzhou waves’,
a luxury hotel and office complex in the hangzhou xintiandi district of hangzhou, china. placed back-to-back,
the pair of structures mirror each other in form, opening a central void into each of the volumes which
introduces natural daylight into the core of each building.

comprised of small cubes, the exterior appearance of the hotel is a result of a series of stepped terraces
which extend from each room providing surfaces for vegetation to produce a green roof effect. the downward
sloping profile allows views of the adjacent park and canal.

stepped terraces open views to the adjacent park and canal from each hotel room

the office tower’s main facade undulates from the highest point forming a smooth green roof with a skylight above
a central atrium. daylight enters all of the interior spaces either through the perimeter glass curtain walls or the
internal glazed void.

high points of each tower are placed back-to-back

aerial view of hotel terraces

main entrance to the hotel block

main entrance to the office towers

view of the office tower


office and hotel and night

hotel at night

site plan

hotel building site

building volume

volume manipulation

opening for natural daylight

views from hotel rooms

terraces from hotel rooms

terraces act as green roof

inlet for pedestrian access

inlet provides more ground level space

vegetation and water on the site

office building site

building volume

volume manipulation

opening for natural daylight

green roof

lift for access

vegetation and water on the site

project info:

project: office space, hotel
budget: confidential
type: invited competition
size: 120.000 m2
client: xin tian di
status: settled 2011
location: hangzhou, china
team: jds, mudi, china cuc
jds partner in charge: julien de smedt
project leader: junhee jung, charlotte lieske
project team: andrew griffin, henning stüben, francisco villeda, gladys greyl

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