Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

International architectural practice Aedas has designed mixed-use development and a new hotel in China. The complex is located outside of Guangzhou at an island within the Pearl River, and the project comprises of four distinct uses split between two different sites. The first site features a large retail exhibition area in the podium and a large office showroom building on top. The other site, 1401, contains a traditional multi-floor exhibition center in the podium with a 500-key 5-star hotel.

The project fronts directly onto one side of the water while the location affords views to the water from both directions. The design responds to the surrounding context and its direct and unapologetic reaction to the passive middle neighbor is the driver of both the volumetric placement of the towers as well as the articulation of both towers and their podium.

The impressive mass of the development is broken down by sliding floor plates and it allows the light to enter the inner exhibition hall. The lower levels house multiple levels of retail spaces as well as the connection to a subway station. The second, third and fourth levels are reserved for retail outlets, and food and beverage venues. The exhibition space office tower floats above the podium, which is an extension of the exhibition activities below but also flexible enough to be convertible into office space. The lobby has stacked support spaces up to the fourth floor where these supporting functions have space to open up horizontally.

The building was completed in 2012.

Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

Aedas, Guangzhou, Pearl River, China, hotel, sliding floor plates, exhibition hall, mixed-use, retail, multi-floor exhibition center

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