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Quzhou - Green Seem
Redefining Ecological Urban Icons
Located in Quzhou, China, THE GREEN SEAM is a visionary mixed-use development that seamlessly integrates with the surrounding natural environment. The design is centered around the idea of a gateway, acting as a frame and interface between the urban and natural areas and balancing its inside activities with elemental principles and concepts.
THE GREEN SEAM's spatial layout ensures maximum efficiency and flexibility, allowing visitors to navigate the space with ease and engage with the different programs seamlessly. The project consists of three plots that contain distinct functions. The southernmost plot is dedicated to the cultural zone, featuring a 4-8 story building with a variable height. The middle and northernmost plots each contain a plinth and a tower, with the two towers connected by an overhang.
The project's layout is directly influenced by its concept, which incorporates the five traditional Chinese elements of Fire, Wood, Water, Metal, and Earth. The integration of these elements throughout the project is intended to metaphorize the flow between its business, commercial, leisure, cultural, and educational functions.
THE GREEN SEAM is designed with the concept of ecological urbanism in mind, aiming to harbor the built environment within the natural ecosystem in place. To that effect, sustainable materials and green spaces are incorporated throughout the development to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for residents and visitors alike. The location's climate, with an average humidity of 76% and a sunrise/sunset that accompanies both facades of the building (nature at dawn, urban by night) is also considered in the design in order to create a system that works together with the location to create a sustainable and environmentally-friendly space, with features such as green roofs, wind turbines, solar panels, automated car-parks and rainwater & kinetic energy harvesting technology. The development focuses on intelligent systems that improve overall energy consumption and allow for automated functions such as maintenance & monitoring of the several components within the project.
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THE GREEN SEAM 织绿衔城 SYNTHESIS OF URBAN AND NATURAL ELEMENTS Business Cycle x Natural Cycle THE GREEN SEAM is designed to be a vibrant and bustling center of activity, with spaces for people to work, shop, learn, and spend their leisure moments such as School and Study rooms, Expo Rooms, Galleries, Museums, Conference Halls, Auditoriums, Sports and Health facilities, recreational activity hubs, rental offices, retail, and office spaces to incubate small to large sized enterprises. These spaces are spatially connected and feed each other in order to keep a self-sustained ecosystem of multiple types of activity, having the lower parts of the building use its educational, cultural and leisure functions serve as a structural block for the commerce and business enterprises that populate the higher parts of the towers. The leisure areas themselves leak into the surrounding itself, using its facades as an interface between interior and exterior activities, meant to play with the principles of harmony and Feng shui. As such it presents the lakeside facade with wavy and organic floor shapes designed to echo the flow of natural elements while providing functional space for their intended purposes. The street side facade, on the other hand, is uninterrupted, showing straight and solid lines to keep the urban flow, whilst at the same time serving as a landmark gateway into the natural surrounding beyond. Rather than trying to impose itself as a landmark, The Green Seam adapts and chameleons itself to become one with the place, and rests as a gatekeeper between such conflicting opposites. Ecological Urbanism THE GREEN SEAM is designed with the concept of ecological urbanism in mind, aiming to harbor the built environment within the natural ecosystem in place. To that effect, sustainable materials and green spaces are incorporated throughout the development to promote a healthy and sustainable lifestyle for residents and visitors alike. The location's climate, with an average humidity of 76% and a sunrise/sunset that accompanies both facades of the building (nature at dawn, urban by night) is also considered in the design in order to create a system that works together with the location to create a sustainable and environmentally-friendly space, with features such as green roofs, wind turbines, solar panels, automated car-parks and rainwater & kinetic energy harvesting technology. The development's domotics focus on intelligent systems that improve overall energy consumption and allow for automated functions such as maintenance & monitoring of the several components within the project. Urban Situation THE GREEN SEAM is uniquely situated to connect people with both the urban setting and natural surroundings, being placed at the frontier between Winlu Lake and the nearby Quzhouxi Railway Station which are connected by a sprawling green axis, providing a verdant green lung filled with retail, business, and leisure areas for visitors to enjoy and framing Winlu Lake in a vast and beautiful panorama. Seeing that the Green Seam occupies 3 large plots, the ground floor is interconnected from both street and lakeside in order to link the project's public spaces with any urban commodities such as transportation or habitation. Visitors to the park, lake and surrounding areas will experience a harmonious blend of urban and natural environments, as THE GREEN SEAM's design emphasizes the importance of the natural world and the need to create spaces that encourage sustainable living and the well-being of its inhabitants, thus contributing to the health and vitality of the broader community. step 0 Nothing here yet! Let's explore possibilities. 这里什么都没有！ 让我们探索可能性 step 1 Winlu Lake and its surrounding nature is worth visiting, towers are introduced to accentuate this passage between urban and nature. 文旅湖及其周边的自然环境值得一游， 塔的引入凸显了这条城市与自然之间的通道 step2 Moving towers inwards the corridor enables the visitors to instantly see the accentuation towards the park. The following path is an essential part of a connection between important green trails 将塔楼移入走廊使游客可以立即看到公园的重点。以下路径是连接重要绿色步道的重要组成部分 step3 Idea of the third tower was translated to add rythm intricacy and exuberance to the city Skyline of the front area of Quzhou 第三塔的构想被转化为衢州前区城市天际线的节奏错综复杂和繁荣 step4 Focal point is the lake & nature so the building's nearby spaces such as plazas should embrace and turn towards them. Additionally, by cutting out these parts of the volume, we create the internal connection along the ends of the layout 焦点是湖泊和自然，因此建筑物附近的空间（如广场）应该拥抱并转向它们。 此外，通过切掉体积的这些部分，我们沿着布局的末端创建了内部连接 step5 The Green Seam intends to attract animal life and harbor every kind of ecosystem. 绿色接缝打算吸引动物的生命,庇护每一种生态系统 step06 Slit cuts in the groundfloor volumes enables pedestrians to quickly access the desired amenities distributed along the squares 底层体积的切缝使行人能够快速访问沿广场分布的所需便利设施 step7 The underground car park will be equipped with the latest technologies that will also favor new and ecological means of transport 地下停车场将配备最新技术，也将有利于新型生态交通工具 step8 The building incorporates green technologies to reduce energy consumption and minimize our carbon footprint. The green spaces throughout the building also promote biodiversity and provide a natural environment for occupants to enjoy. 该建筑采用绿色技术来减少能源消耗并最大限度地减少我们的碳足迹。整个建筑的绿色空间也促进了生物多样性，并为居住者提供了一个享受的自然环境。
January 16, 2024
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