The Greenland center has been designed as a gateway to the future northern central business district development of Chengdu. The project has been conceived as an arrangement of architectural elements around a vibrant central, sunken plaza, the Sun plaza. All the structures around it - SOHO units, hotel and creative offices “orbit” the plaza like planets around the sun.
The plaza has been conceived to be used for multiple purposes such as concerts, promotional activities, or simply as an urban oasis.
The moon tower is inspired by the powerful symbolism that the moon has in Chinese culture, representing brightness and completeness and serving as an inspiration for many ancient poems and stories. The tower changes its appearance as you walk around it, its curves always shifting similar to the phases of the moon. The curtain wall system includes small openable side windows that also contribute to the ever-changing skin of the building. The top of the tower is accentuated with an oculus covered in photovoltaic glass and serving as an indoor garden.
The concept for the creative office is that spaces should grow organically, one from the other. The offices grow out of the shopping mall but inter-mesh with the atrium of the mall to create an intersection where different functional elements like office lobby, swimming pool, retail, skating rink, basketball court and offices connect either spatially or visually. Work spaces are further enriched by a myriad of additional functions that concentrate around the central void.