With Jinfulu, a new urban district for living, retail & recreation, aCTa wins first project in Chengdu
Jinfulu, Chengdu is a 180,000 sq m mixed-use development comprising hotel, serviced apartments, lofts, apartments and retail in a 4 acre site which enjoys a southerly aspect overlooking a beautiful park in central Chengdu. Won in an invited international competition, aCTa’s approach was to reduce the impact of the retail podium by tucking it under the extended park with a series of landscaped and inhabited raised ground planes and terraces.
Dramatic slashed chasms allow filtered light into the mall below.
Cafes and restaurants at the upper levels of the mall will activate the green terraces and enjoy a green and open outlook over the park to sunny South side.
The residential apartments are orientated to the South and are housed in 3 identical towers which are sculpted the base to maximise views out at the lower levels and to allow maximum penetration of the low winter sun to the deepest part of the retail areas and other shared facilities at the lower levels. The lofts, hotel and serviced apartments are housed in 3 separate blocks which are arranged to be read as a single entity, a floating cliff with landscaped terraces. As the podium is accessible to the public, residents will have sole rights to access the landscaped roof terraced gardens and recreation facilities.
Each building will receive similar but contrasting movable louvred panels to provide solar protection and activate each façade. In addition to the landscaped roofs where most heat is lost, further energy reducing planning strategies include orientating all apartments towards to the South, to maximise sunlight and natural daylighting, and enhancing natural cross ventilation with open shafts between units. Investigations are planned to evaluate the economic viability for introducing geo-thermal technology.