Project DescriptionAedas-designed Evergrande Huazhi Plaza is a large scale mixed-use development located at the heart of Chengdu, containing retail, office, residential and hotel elements. The shopping mall, The ONE, was recently opened while the hotel, operated under The St Regis brand, and the Evergrande Huazhi Office Tower are already in operations.
All buildings within the Evergrande Huazhi Plaza reveal elements of the natural landscape of Sichuan. Huanglong, literally ‘yellow dragon’, is a scenic spot in the Sichuan province known for the colourful pools formed by calcite deposits. The design of Evergrande Huazhi Plaza drew inspirations from the natural terraced pools to give a regional character to the commercial complex, balance between form and function, and create an urban oasis for the vibrant city centre.
The ONE’s architectural form, space and materials drew inspirations from the natural terraced landscapes and pools of Jiuzaigou. The earth-tone granites with random patterns and texture translate the rocky element of the natural terrain into the façade design. The architecture incorporates a series of staggering terraces at varying heights to the interior space, creating a fluid form and architectural space in alignment with the overall design of the development.
The St. Regis Chengdu, on the other hand, has an elegant façade design. Warm colour toned materials such as Brazilian granite, timber-patterned architectural features and pearl white window mullions are used to echo the warm and welcoming hospitality of The St. Regis. The curtain wall system uses glass and granite as two key materials – the unitised glass curtain wall expresses movement and verticality, while the granite cladding shows pride and firmness. The combination of these two elements transforms the hotel tower into an architectural metaphor of mountain and waterfall.