KPF breaks ground on West Lake 66 mixed-use development in Hangzhou

The project hopes to reinvigorate the city’s deteriorated surrounding blocks.

October 01, 2019 |
West Lake 66 mixed-use development

Plomp for KPF.

Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) has officially broken ground on West Lake 66 in Hangzhou, China. The project will form a new elevated green pedestrian link between West Lake and the Grand Canal, two of Hangzhou’s essential landmarks.

The 194,000-sm project includes five office towers with space suited to technology startups and young professionals, a boutique hotel, public parks, and an active, mixed-use podium. KPF parametrically linked shadow impacts, visibility from streets, unobstructed views, maximized daylight, and other key factors in an algorithm that organized optimal massing along the greenway to determine the position of the buildings and the overall site organization.

 

West Lake 66 in hangzhouPlomp for KPF.

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The buildings’ facades optimize daylight while the overall project was designed with a modular, fluid porosity that reflects the material heritage of the city and its craftspeople using local materials like terracotta, stone, and wood.

 

West Lake 66 green spacePlomp for KPF.

 

The podium is designed in sinuous bands of rectangular cells, each one responding to the program within, that tie the site together. The cells can be updated over the lifespan of the building. The podium also stacks a mix of uses to form a layered program that ensures future flexibility. Office space opens to a green roof that spans the length of the podium to create a public sky park.

 

West lake 66 from KPFPlomp for KPF.

 

West Lake 66 in winterPlomp for KPF.

 

West Lake 66 elevated greenwayPlomp for KPF.

 

West Lake 66 site planJim Keen for KPF.

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