As a significant project for urban renovation and commercial upgrading in Sanlitun Beijing, Taikoo Li Sanlitun West marks the further expansion of the Sanlitun business district, representing that the continuous upgrading of this district has stepped on a new stage.
The original building, Yashow, was a famous former clothing wholesale market. This unique identity not only implies the history of urbanization in Sanlitun, but also forms a sharp contrast with the vibrant and vigorous image of the surroundings, which has become the driving force for the renovation.
In the transformation process from wholesale market to trendy shopping center, new spatial vitality and commercial value has been injected into the building, bringing huge function improvement. Thus, Taikoo Li Sanlitun West now becomes supplement to another adjacent commercial zones, Taikoo Li Sanlitun South and Taikoo Li Sanlitun North, while contributes its own characteristic to the neighborhood.
The architectural image of Yashow had always been a huge box, which was wrapped by a metal curtain on the outside and hid setback terraces and a traditional sloping roof on the inside.
In order to reduce the sense of mass and integrate the building into urban landscape, the design reproduces the original appearance with its gradual setback outlines in a minimalist way. The original flat floor plans are broken up, forming a shape of mutually staggered and varied cubes on the surface, which adds modern fashion genes into its architectural image.
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