This project by Aedas was completed in 2020 in Zhuhai, China. It is a mixed use building that uses certain parametric techniques to create a horizontal entity that twists and turns up into a tower.
First of all, the project employs ‘basic geometric shapes’ in order to execute its design. Generally speaking, one can say that the project is made up of a square and a rectangle, one oriented vertically and the later horizontally. The shapes are then morphed together to create the project. These 2 elements also undergo transformations of their own through the method of twisting and elongating. At the tip of the vertical form, the square breaks down into 4 smaller squares and giving way to the employment of more modalities of standard geometric shapes.
The second modeling approach is ‘displacement’ in which one notices how the project moves in 2 sharp directions – vertically and horizontally. Displacement is not only applied on the 2 main blocks forming the structure, but also on the material used in a certain pattern that moves along those 2 axes smoothly. The material allows this modeling approach to flow seamlessly between the 2 blocks and across the 2 directions in order to create a harmonious effect and merging the 2 blocks into one continuous element. The firm was very keen on expressing this characteristic to embody the vision of a dragon moving from the see to sky to portray a famous Chinese painting (HAN, 2021).
Following up on the previous notion, ‘discretization’ explains the behavior of the smallest elements harmonizing the 2 forms together – a grid of triangles and squares made to follow a path and subjected to certain alterations along the 2 axes. Here, even though at certain instances – at the peak point of the twist or at the point of transition from the horizontal form to the vertical form – the grids seems to be interrupted, the effect of continuity is preserved because of the homogeneousness of the grids and similarity of the shapes forming the facade and how they complete one another. The grids can be seen as a facade completing and enclosing the structure of the 2 main forms, but they can also be seen as the factor connecting the 2 forms visually.