Shunde Lakeside Condominium

Shunde Lakeside Condominium

Architect
New Space Architects
Location
Shunde, Foshan, China
Project Year
2011
Category
Housing

Shunde Lakeside Condominium

New Space Architects as Architects

Recreating a sleek modern streetscape with traditional form… New Space’s brief for Shunde Lakeside Condominium is to provide high-quality city living for 10,000 people by creating a well-crafted residential condominium that is affordable and sustainable in the long term. Shunde Lakeside Condominium is the outcome of thoughtfully crafted design solutions where every aspect of human needs is the main priority. From simple natural lighting and ventilation, to having a well-compacted unit space layout, each aspect is carefully thought out to put together an affordable and sustainable living space for the residents.


Design Concept Situated along a long and narrow site, the greatest challenge of this project is to avoid a monotonous façade. Thus, drawing inspirations from mosaic art, New Space’s design approach is to create three distinctive blocks through a clever play of colours and tone gradation, but yet at the same time co-exist and connect harmoniously to create a special sense of urban exclusivity. The idea was to produce an illusion that the development was done by several designers rather than one single one. This is done to also depict the busy city that the condominium is located in by using a variety of facades for the blocks. By creating these unique standalone buildings, the initial scale and mass of the development is greatly reduced.


The play of contrast in colours and materials reflect the different ways that the township is lived: full of activities and hustle and bustle. The feeling of busyness is further accentuated by using a pattern of arbitrary pattern of randomness on the façade. The mosaic tiles lining the façade of the buildings highlight how a pixilation of colours can dramatically enhance the aesthetic appeal of the buildings while creating new paradigms for traditional housing.


The most valuable asset of this condominium is the breathtakingly scenic view outside its windows on both sides. The site’s limitation and constrains were used to its advantage by developing a sleek modern space organised along the Shunde River. Making full use of the site's unobstructed waterfront, the building’s orientation is optimised to have all units overlook the picturesque scenery of the Lingnan water village on one side and panoramic cityscape amidst the lush greenery on the other. After enjoying the full sight of the busy city at the window, one can simply retreat back into the privacy of his own unit. Looking at the soporific body of water along the service apartments allows one to fully relax after a busy day at work or travelling around, bringing a sense of calmness to the soul.


Rich naturalistic planting along the long boulevard creates intimate spaces, and doubles up as a visual relief that contributes towards a distinctive relaxing living style. An avenue of flowering trees will be lined to define the primary carriageway. The retaining walls are integrated with water features as well planted with bromeliads and ferns to create more green spaces while doubling up as a visual relief that contributes towards a distinctive relaxing living style.


River Promenade Community Responding to its riverside location, the informality of the park outside the condominium is expressed in the waves of undulating greenery that reflect and juxtapose with the linear geometry of the site. The surrounding greens, together with the acoustic pleasure of water, shelters human activities and add character to the overall sense of space.


Location Strategically located in the heart of the Shunde district, the development serves not only as an anchor to the master plan, but also links directly to excellent transport facilities such as the national expressway running north-south to Guangzhou and Zhuhai city, as well as the east-west expressway that connects Shunde to Shengzhou and Hong Kong.

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