ASPECT Studios is helping to reshape urban landscapes across China by creating vital public spaces where people want to be. This was recently recognised at the READ Star Design & Real Estate Design Awards when the Vanke Hefei Light of City project received the Honourable Award under the Property and Urban Redevelopment category.
We were engaged by the Vanke Group to design the landscape for this landmark development and Phase 1 was recently opened to the public with great success.
Featuring a podium shopping mall and a high-rise office tower, the development is located in Hefei City in China’s Anhui Province. The retail site is separated from residential developments by a small river to the south, which is a key attraction for locals in Hefei’s dry climate. We adopted a flowing language for the design to reference this natural asset and its social attraction and used 3D technology to maximise the visual impact. A combination of standard paving modules was also used to achieve the ‘curve line’ effect.
We drew further inspiration from the natural world through plantings, a vertical garden and green public spaces. There are also plazas with flexible outdoor dining and social spaces. The aim was to enhance the way people interact with nature.
Almost 200 international projects competed for the READ Star Design & Real Estate Design Awards and more than 100 design institutes, 30 professionals and media attended the gala event on 26 November to witness the final result. It was an honour to receive the award and to be recognised for our work in designing landscapes for people and place