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Changzhi is a fourth tier industrial city, 600 kilometers south-west of Beijing. Superimpose managed to break with the conventional cookie-cutter classicistic European-style drab developments to realize a constellation of three sculptural residential towers for a younger generation of city dwellers.
The towers stand in stark contrast to the rapidly urbanizing city district. The slim apartment towers have been situated to increase uninterrupted views and maximize sunlight exposure.
Each loft apartment comes with a unique balcony to provide character to the different units. Strict rules should ensure the balconies will remain an outdoor space.
A light materialization contrasts the muted surrounding developments. Using the balconies as sculptural elements allowed the architects to refrain from poorly detailed façade beautifications often seen in surrounding developments. Instead Superimpose opted for a simple yet refined material palette of white perforated aluminium, dark aluminium window frames, and slightly reflective glass.
A restraint on the construction budget was key for Superimpose in order to keep the apartments affordable for the Y-generation.