Located at the core of Gongshu CBD of Hangzhou and adjacent to the Beijing-Hangzhou Grand Canal, Grand Canal Place is a comprehensive development project with a total building area of above 260,000m2, and also the finishing touch of Grand Canal Business District.
High-grade office building clusters constitute an important part of Grand Canal Place. The architect used large-scale glass block stacking to create an impressive urban image: The sense of order created by repetition of concise massing highlights the architecture in the complex urban textures. Three high-rises, 100-150m in height, shape a graceful skyline. The galleries link up these high-rises with the commercial center in the west. Beautiful ground landscapes are also painstakingly designed.
In the design of facade, the exquisite unit-based vertical grating hides the vertical bar-type opening sashes behind these gratings, and those regularly-distributed vertical gratings form smooth and flat surface texture and give the architecture an elegant image with horizontal interlaminated aluminum sheets.
The Kempinski Hotel under construction makes full use of the landscape of the canal, and is in itself also an important landscape of the canal. Through massing interspersion of different elevations, the design develops well-arranged sightseeing platforms that are connected in multiple directions: The sightseeing height of above 20m, from which the sightline can easily cross treetop to feel the millennial prosperity of the canal; large-scale commerce is located in one to three ground layers in a L-shape with the hotel section; the roof section has become a hanging garden in the hotel, connected with the commercial complex on the adjacent site via an overhead bridge. On the east of the hotel there are 70m-height office buildings and two or three-story podiums. The former features a succinct style, while the latter have two styles in architectural appearance: It harmonizes with the overall atmosphere of the commercial street in the west and south, while the east and north sides especially emphasize the creation of office park atmosphere; the transition and change between two expressions are completed in the corners.