Located on the right bank of the Yangtze River, Aedas has built a hotel, apartments, offices, and commercial buildings that blend the past and the future into a modern and convenient living environment.
As the earliest family area of China’s first large-scale steel company – Wuhan Iron and Steel Company, Wuhan Iron and Steel Red Square has witnessed the development of China’s industrialization, as well as the transformation of the steel capital of Wuhan. The red houses surrounded by compounds, like a city within a city, are home to elderly people chatting in the cool, children playing, and collective life of mutual communication and neighborhood harmony. For more than 60 years, the distinctive industrial genes have driven the rise of this major industrial town in central China, and the compound life has become the urban memory of a generation.
“WISCO Red Square is important not only because of the highly distinctive and recognizable architectural features, but because it represents the life of a generation, an urban relationship, and the spirit of the times and historical significance that it condenses – a microcosm of the country’s development in a specific period. I hope to perpetuate this urban memory through architecture, interpreting the modern New Red Square in all its aspects, from the landscape to space and the lifestyle within.” Project Design Director, Aedas Global Design Director, Wang Yebing, talks about the project.
Aedas fully respects the original urban design principles, in the new pattern of one chain, one seal, two chapters, two squares, the commercial seal and the seal of the towers are used to preserve the texture of the Wuhan Iron and Steel Wedding Seal, inherit the multi-dimensional spirit of Wuhan Iron and Steel, and introduce the classic compound community space into the contemporary commercial lifestyle.
New Red Wedding Commercial Chapter
The red brick, red walls, and red roofs of WISCO Red Square are used to create a building cluster that resembles red double “Xi”. The design takes the distinctive sloping roofs and façade texture of Red Square as the design elements and retains its spatial layout. With the Red Seal as the concept, a commercial chapter is created in the middle of the plot as if it were the Red Double “Xi”.
The design retains the axial structure of the original urban design, connecting the two high-value urban spaces, the riverfront, and the neighborhood, through a central axis running north-south. The residential towers are arranged on both sides of the central axis, forming the east and west residential and living quarters; the business towers are located along the river for the luxury hotel, and super grade A offices; and the leisure and commercial spaces for the convention center, sports center, and commercial district are located in the central part of the site, serving as a link between the whole area. The design maximizes the landscape resources of the towers through staggered volume movement and orientation adjustment to enjoy the multi-dimensional landscape of river view, square view, and courtyard view.
The design cleverly adopts the concept of the “Red Seal” and incorporates the texture of Red Square into the central leisure and commercial space. The characteristic sloping roof of Red Square is used to maintain the historical features of the city skyline. The whole building rises gradually in a north-south direction, creating a red seal-like outline of the building, echoing the “Xi” layout of Red Square.
Seal of the QingShan Tower
The two commercial and office towers along the river continue to have the same architectural language, with the design concept of “chapter” a combination of glass curtain wall and stone backing, presenting an architectural silhouette like a jade seal. Echoing the red seal, a left and a right, a tall and a short, staggered skyline creates a new image of the timeless Qingshan riverfront.
Modern compound atmosphere
“The essence of compound living is the diverse use of public spaces, where different functional needs can be reached in the courtyard and the street, creating interactions between different groups of people.”
The design makes full use of Red Square’s original diversity of space types to create a commercial enclosure with the characteristics of Red Square. The design makes full use of the space and creates multiple above-ground and underground plaza nodes between different types of businesses, concentrating a wealth of functions. By opening up the exogenous public spaces and ecological gardens, the boundaries of the businesses are blurred, allowing a variety of activities such as exchanges and performances to take place, creating a new and interactive urban living experience, and bringing back the neighborhood atmosphere of the compound.
At the same time, the design creates a connection between different types of businesses and different sites through the sky bridge. Between the openings of the crisscrossing building blocks, the pleasant scale of the street provides people with an extended view and a tree-lined pedestrian experience, together creating a convenient three-dimensional composite space and activating the area.
“QingShan Red Square provides a unique cultural background for the development of the area, and we hope to carry on the spirit of WISCO in the dialogue between history and modernity, and create a happy living space for the public with a new image of the Castle Peak waterfront.” So says Aedas Global Design Director, Wang Yebing.
|Project name||OCT Wuhan Qingshan 7|
|Project Location||Wuhan, China|
|Client||Wuhan OCT Binjiang Real Estate Co.|
|Aedas Principal Designer||Wang Yebing, Global Design Director|
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