NL architects combines residential towers and shopping center in china
NL architects combines residential towers and shopping center in china NL architects combines residential towers and shopping center in china
apr 13, 2014

NL architects combines residential towers and shopping center in china

NL architects combines residential towers and shopping center in china
all images courtesy of NL architects







NL architects plans a mixed-use complex near xiamen north station, in xiamen, fujian province, china. the ‘vankely’ (vanke alley) is designed as a public ‘street’ by the train station and offers a residential towers, offices, and a large shopping area in the scheme. combining retail and accommodation for vanke, one of china’s largest housing corporations, NL develops a typology that merge ‘soho’s’ (stands for small office) and a residential program.222 units of about 30m2 are arranged on top of a 10,000m 2 shopping base. although the eight towers are not part of the immediate program, they are conceived to frame the site. the layout of the high-rises is based on a computational model that enhances the allocation of units relative to orientation and proximity to optimize land use. the shops as well as the ‘soho’ are covered in greenery, as a landscaped hill forms a natural base for the towers. a sequence of well defined plazas are accessed to by footpaths and bridges, each having a defining character are suspended over the public ‘street’. the height of the bridges increases towards the center of the complex and is accessible by the green roof and extends a natural impression.

rendering of the shopping center wedged among the towers



winding circulation on top of green roof



rendering of a plaza space in ‘vankely’


the footbridges illuminated at night








project info:



architect: nl architects, pieter bannenberg, walter van dijk, kamiel klaasse
project name:
 xiamen north station complex
location: xiamen, china 2013 – 2014
client: vanke real estate development co., ltd. hainan
team: gen yamamoto and zhongnan lao, with qian lan, yuxiao chen,  aleksandra babicka, kurt wu, jakub kupikowski

  • Look pretty much like 8 house. Especially, on perspective view.

    rainbowfish says:

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