within the capital city of hunan, Aedas generates iconic multi-use changsha hua centre that echoes the romantic character of the city while boosting surrounding land value. the large-scale project comprises such a range of programs as retail, office, residential, art, and exhibition spaces and is situated along a bustling plot surrounded by retail attractions. designer dr. andy wen, global design principal of Aedas, positions the project as a cultural innovation hub and seeks express and embrace preferences of the younger generations.

Aedas changsha hua centre
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the design of changsha hua centre by Aedas draws inspiration from the hunan tourist destination of hangjiajie. the location is known for its picturesque scenery of sandstone pillars, peaks, caves, canyons and waters in between. the form of the building is derived from such iconic landscapes as zhangjiajie, from huanglong karst cave, ancient villages, to the rugged and weathered mountain rocks, to unveil the inborn roughness and momentum of changsha people.

Aedas changsha hua centre



two towers are staggered and twisted with uneven setbacks on each story to simulate the vigorous natural landscape of hunan, creating more viewing platforms and rooftop gardens. with a sky bridge connecting the towers, it recalls the landform of tianmen cave, a natural arch on the cliffs high up in clouds. the distinctive structure enhances spatial connection with the city and promotes user experience. the tower’s massing is view-oriented to maximize views to surrounding mountains, rivers, islets and the cityscape of changsha.

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project info:


project title: huayuan yunxi – changsha hua centre phase II development

design and project architect: Aedas

location: hunan, PRC

client: changsha juyun investment co., ltd

area: 122,154 square meters

completion: 2019

director: dr. andy wen, global design principal