Linked Hybrid Complex
Beijing, China
Conceived as an 'open city within a city', this huge multi-use complex stands as a new model for urban living. At ground level, public functions connect with green spaces and a shallow pool, acting as a greywater recycling pond, provides a central focus. The cinema appears to float over it, animated with external projections. Colour is used in accordance with Chinese Buddhist architecture and a public sky-loop of inhabited bridges echoes the ground level circulation, both acting as social condensers. Geo-thermal wells and a ground source heat pump system provide 70% of the heating and cooling requirements, working with the greywater recycling and emphasis on pedestrian traffic to minimise the environmental impact of the development.


The Aga Khan Trust for Culture, 2011.
Beijing, China
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