Skybridges and high-rise swimming pools to become a reality at Hanhai Condominium
Construction has begun on a 353,767 sq m high-end condominium complex in Henan, China designed by Los Angeles-based architecture studio amphibianArc. The project aims to provide ‘garden villas in the sky’ for its residents, with balcony swimming pools and large private terraces blending the boundaries between inside and outside space.
Nine high-rise residential towers will be coupled with three shorter buildings, including a public club house, a supporting facility building and a nine-classroom kindergarten. A single design style has been adopted for all eleven structures, unifying the development into one architectural gesture.
amphibianArc took their design inspiration from the concept of a cloud, both in terms of the digital cloud community and the atmospheric phenomenon. A statement from the team explains: “During the pre-planning stage, we committed to creating an all-intelligent ‘cloud’ community combined with advanced technology to redefine the emerging lifestyle of the internet age.
“Meanwhile, the design team also extends the concept of the ‘cloud’ to the architectural design. The building façade design uses large areas of dark glass that stand in sharp contrast with the sleek white terraces and balconies, highlighting a spirit of dynamic lightness for the overhangs visually.”
Double-height living spaces can be found throughout the larger unit types with large sections of operable glass walls leading onto generous private terraces and swimming pools. Western and Chinese kitchens are included in the design as are double master suites and richly-planted balconies.