The commission was to provide a design proposal accompanying a land auction bid for a plot within this CBD development area in Beijing adjacent to the CCTV tower.
In addition to the architectural design it was necessary to produce a reinterpretation of the broader masterplan to meet the conditions of the bid submission.
The tower contained two main programmatic components. A corporate headquarters for the client company Elion Resources Group, as well as a hotel and retail podium.
The two programs were to be laminated vertically in order to create separate titles and addresses.
The office component was to take priority both in its urban presence, and proportion of GFA.
In re-designing the masterplan LAB set out to break down the formal hierarchy of the original gridded city block arrangement.
A series of pathways were established, connecting the CCTV precinct in the north, through a central public plaza to the southern pedestrian access points.
Working in collaboration with Oculus, a landscape pattern was developed to enhance the fluid language of these pathways, and further deconstruct the vast areas of open space into a network of sheltered garden, plaza and water spaces.
After this a series of rules were created whereby building form that intersected the generative lines of the landscape structure was split and either slipped or rotated to form a tectonic continuation of the ground condition.