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* Architecture: Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development by Trahan Architects

Posted by the editors on Monday, 25 June 2012

Architecture: Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development by Trahan Architects: “..a 4.3 million square-foot mixed-use development in the historic city center of Zhengzhou, China – the capital and largest city of the Henan province, with a population of 8.6 million. The concept is part of a broad scale master plan for redeveloping Zhengzhou through ecological and infrastructure development..Ecological development prioritizes the surrounding natural resources, such as forest park, scenic areas, wetlands/reserves, rivers/lakes and urban green space. The Infrastructural development addresses an emerging market identified as “Logistics Industry”..Challenging central China’s conventional typology, the proposed design blends the hotel and live/work top with the retail base. In order to maximize and prioritize the corners of the site, the hotel and live/work program are rotated over the corners, framing the exterior and interior..The green boulevards flow into and up the edges of the site to create a green urban space at the mezzanine level. Envisioned as an entertainment level, patrons can enjoy amenities and an elevated view of the city. The retail base steps down in plan and section for greater connectivity to the adjacent urban edges. The gradated triangulated façade reinforces the corners and programmatic relationships from floor to floor..”

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image: Courtesy of Trahan Architects; article: Rosenfield , Karissa . “Zhengzhou Mixed Use Development / Trahan Architects” 11 Apr 2012. ArchDaily. <http://www.archdaily.com/225098&gt;

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