Aura of Melbourne, Hangzhou, China
The concept of re-creating a street like environment on top of a high rise building with townhouses forming a “village in the sky” is innovative and original. The unusual idea of luxury residences accessible through the open air street located 30m above ground floor level as part of a large commercial and residential project allows few lucky purchasers to enjoy very special apartments not available anywhere else. Our brief was to bring Melbourne’s elegance and beauty to the project. The challenge was to implement elements of Australian lifestyle, but not to alienate and exclude local traditions, rather compose a uniform marriage of both and transform it into a fascinating fusion of Australian and Asian cultures.
For example, the cobblestone laneways dividing the townhouses reflect Melbourne’s city character, while the arches found in the laneways and lobby have a sophisticated Asian vibe. We were aware of how important this development is, particularly because of its location near the Chinese Academy of Arts with vibrant artistic influence on Zhuantang. Exiting the lift lobby and entering the street, which proportions and style mimics Melbourne city’s famous lanes, one would never imagine being on the top of a tall building. The sky, sun, clouds and rain will all be part of this immersive experience. Tall walls, street surface, textures and colours will all be present to complete the impression.
It is not until entering the apartments the surrounding mountain views will be revealed. Large windows providing uninterrupted vistas across the landscape and city also serve as a link to the open space each apartment enjoys. Some of those spaces will be equipped with BBQs, spas and plenty of greenery recreating Melbourne house gardens which helped it hold A Most Liveable City title for many years. The open staircases with floor to ceiling windows allow sweeping views to be discovered progressively as you walk up. Every living area and bedroom in each residence overlooks the landscape from an elevated height. Open plan living so important to Melbourne’s residents has been adopted to all floor plans with some apartments having mezzanine level overlooking double height spaces.
Beijing Retail Precinct, Beijing, China
F1 Commercial Development, Shenzhen, China
Civic Centre, Nanjing, China
C&K Architecture were appointed by the Nanjing-Pukou region of the CPRC to undertake the master planning of 20 sqkm of land for commercial, residential and industrial development. Along with our sub consultants we researched the demographics, economics and future projections of the region and planned the land use, transportation and sustainability the region and the design of six major iconic buildings in the area.
This community, entertainment and municipal building is one of the primary focus buildings intended to engender a sense of place. C&K Architecture envisage the building as a piece of architectural sculpture, derived from the narrative of the indigenous rain flower pebbles, which were said to have fallen from the clouds as flowers and solidified as jewelled pebbles when they touched the earth, in some stories the rain flowers are likened to butterflies.
It stands some 60m at its tip and would be visible at the base of the mountain at some distance. The form provides generous wings cantilevering over the surrounds to welcome and draw in the community, the raked walls of the theatre and civic floors are lined with an intricate mosaic suggestive of water ripples and underscoring the moment of flux, touching the earth lightly despite the weight of the building above.
Science Observatory Centre, Nanjing, China
In Nanjing, the capital of Jiangsu Province in China, C&K Architecture were commissioned to prepare a master plan for a Garden City respecting and incorporating the city’s waterways. We were also asked to produce several typical house designs to be used in the subdivision. Part of the sky rail network, the Science Observatory Centre overlooks the Garden City.
Son Tra Resort, Da Nang Vietnam
Our work in Vietnam ranges from five star resorts to high-rise urban developments. On the water’s edge at Sontra Bay in Danang, C&K Architecture developed a luxury pavilion development of over 250 villas, flanked by a 68 storey Lotus Tower Hotel at one end of the bay and an International Yacht Club at the other.
The placement of the hotel directly over the water allows for direct access by boat to the Sea Lobby from where 600 luxury guest rooms and all other facilities can be reached. An additional 50 sea palaces are arranged off two meandering piers for those who prefer private boat access directly to their villa. The brief called for a slight Mediterranean touch to differentiate this design from the commonly available tropical look.