What is Ling-nan ?????? How can Ling-nan culture be reinterpreted in contemporary architecture?
The Link Plaza, a mixed-use high density project with 300,000 s.m. GFA located in the heart of Foshan City, well explained how Ling-nan culture and spirit be deeply rooted in the architecture while lend itself an innovative opportunity capturing modern design aura. The classic term “Ling-nan” represents the culture from most southern sub-tropical part of China, e.g. Guangzhou, Foshan, Hong Kong. Ling-nan cultural emphasizes the spirit of liberty, receptiveness, clever re-invention and creativity.
The Link Plaza reflects all these values by careful arrangement of architectural layout, either on plan, in the section, or at inner space. Through applying passive building envelope design strategies. In response to local hot and humid subtropical climate, the architecture effectively facilitates natural ventilation with mega slots on façade, reduces heat gain through deep recess balcony and sky garden, encourages prevailing wind flowing into community garden by elevating the ground structure etc. Smart use of classic details and louver composition successfully creates an elegant identity of the building façade; yet also make all the electrical and mechanical equipment invisible from the building skins.