A brightly-hued sales gallery for Vanke’s new mixed-use city quarter in Nanjing has completed to a design by SPARK. The practice also headed the design for the wider development.
The 800 sq m, two-storey property is located adjacent to Nanjing South Railway Station and will be used as a base to showcase the merits of the residential and commercial space currently under construction for Vanke.
Externally, the form is comprised of a vibrant orange façade encased in a glossy white mesh. This perforated aluminium screen is deliberately devised to appear manufactured in contrast to the natural finishes found within.
Wide panes of transparent glass at ground level enable passers-by to gaze into the interior spaces and view the activity within. There is also an expanse of glass at the first-floor level and an LED display system that is pointed towards the vehicular and railway traffic nearby.
Of their design, SPARK states: “Conceived as an abstracted reflection of railway track geometry, the structure is shaped by functional and conceptual considerations that take advantage of the buildings location next to the busy railway station.
“Folded façade surfaces and lines of light compose a continuum of fluent and dynamic space that mirrors the dynamism of the adjacent crossing train tracks.”
Master Plan and Architecture: SPARK
Project Director: Stephen Pimbley
Team: Lim Wenhui, Jay Panelo, Ethan Hwang, Mark Mancenido
Client: Vanke Nanjing