Located in the core area of high-tech zone on the east of Ningbo, the Ningbo Crown Garden covers an area of about 998 hectares. It is divided into three phases, with residential land use for Phase I and II, public land use for Phase III.
The Crown Garden in Phase II is the early work of the second generation of the high-rise buildings of Greentown residential products. The client has two main requirements. Firstly, the unit layout has to be practical to meet the market needs of Ningbo. Secondly, it should have the potential to build a pleasant commercial street together with the buildings in Phase I and the nearby hotel.
The site is in rectangular shape stretching out on the east-west direction. Due to FSR requirement and land limitation, only two rows of buildings could be arranged on the north-south direction. This makes the planning seemingly simple. However, according to the city zoning, the entrances of this community have to be located at the east and the west ends, which are the two endpoints of the extremely stretched east-west axis running through the center garden. In order to reduce the depth of the central garden, at the west main entrance we designed an entrance courtyard where the entrance lobby is located and leading to the open ground floor of the eight residential buildings by verandas to create multi-layered space and improve the service quality of the community.
In Phase II, all the residential buildings are over 22 storeys high. To coordinate the detail of stone cladding and the massing of the high-rise buildings, the upper part of the façade is designed in clean and simple style in addition to focusing on details to show their massing and modern style of high-rise buildings. Meanwhile, the simple and vigorous massing makes unit layout easier and more efficient. Large window areas which are mostly used on public buildings provide not only a modern look but also brighter and transparent interior space. The commercial podium has more delicate details which fully manifest the advantage of stone cladding and are much close to human scale. Together with the integrated landscape design, the architecture provides an elegant and active commercial shopping environment.
2008 - 2012