Steven Holl designs a mixed-use office and retail building in Beijing

Steven Holl Architects reveals the project for a new mixed-use office and retail building for CIFI Group in Beijing. Located in Fengtai area, the 26-square-meter building is going to follow the  principles of light, structure, urban porosity and gardens, open offices, and ecology and gardens.

The scheme has a unique geometry and  dynamic spaces. The north light curves will be developed together with Okalux. Their structure consists of four layers: a glass exterior laid over truss, secondary tubes, and an interior layer of translucent barrisol or newmat. The exterior concrete structure allows  flexibility in interior space. The aluminum-painted concrete will be OSB formed, contrasting the smooth, matte finish of the north light curves.

The top levels of the building will house flexible open office space. The retail area is shaped around reflecting pools and gardens,  giving the building an inspiring urban porosity and a pedestrian-friendly scale. Rainwater recycling in the pools and state-of-the-art ecological systems will be developed to enhance the sustainable quality of the building.