Lacime Architects, Shimao Longyin Center in Suzhou (China)
Photos: Schran Images
The firm Shanghai Lacime Architects has for the Chinese real estate group Shimao Property built this complex in the city of Suzhou, known for classical gardens listed as UNESCO World Heritage Sites. The buildings of different heights are positioned in a hierarchical arrangement of symmetrical spaces, including courtyards with vegetation, water, rocks, and pavilions, the four main elements of classical Chinese gardens. The constructions draw inspiration from vernacular architectural tradition, reinterpreting it with current techniques. The roofs of curved lines combine different materials in a play of textures, alternating opaque and transparent surfaces.
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