Vanke Co., Firenze Exhibition Hall
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Beijing, China | 16,000 SF
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To help clients envision a future in their Firenze housing development Beijing Vanke wanted to transform an existing concrete building into a light, bright space that could support living walls of plants.
A careful demolition strategy allowed us to remove the building’s stone façade, several concrete roof slabs, and two large beams to bring in natural light. An internal irrigation system waters the plants in the living walls.
Lines and layers informed the nine-foot wide arches that greet visitors; the mirror effect from the reflecting pool completes the arches loop.