During the past few months MovingCities was a couple of times in Beijing [北京]. As we did not keep up the pace of posting, this week we present a selection of past impressions centered around our favorite Beijing topics: hutong(s), highways, hyperblocks and skylines. We lift off with some rooftop-views on Kengo Kuma‘s recently completed Sanlitun SOHO-project [三里屯SOHO官方网站].
About two years ago we published ‘SOHO China’s New Futurism‘ – in ArtForum – which gave an overview of the large scale “Small Office, Home Office”-developments in Beijing, instigated by the leading Chinese property developers Pan Shiyi [潘石屹] & Zhang Xin [张欣]. The contribution started with a reading of ‘The SOHO NewTown Files‘, a sales-catalogue published by SOHO China back in 2002:
In the publication architect Kengo Kuma understands the current period in China’s architectural history as a “Construction Age,” a sort adolescence. Not yet mature, but no longer infantile, not yet independent, a bit rebellious, but also prone to exploration and even self-discovery. Pan Shiyi, chairman of SOHO China, elaborates on this further with a proposal for a more pyramidal development of China’s housing market, in which houses are passed on from the rich to middle to the lower classes.
In eight years, a lot has changed; amongst others, recently Kengo Kuma’s contribution to China’s “Construction Age” has opened. His Sanlitun SOHO is a 470,000 sqm mixed-use project located in Sanlitun, the most famous and busiest bar (and now shopping) area in downtown Beijing.
Some snapshots while looking sideways at Sanlitun SOHO – while scanning Beijing’s skyline from a couple of other places.
Pictures by movingcities.org
Corner of Gongti North Road and Sanlitun Road, Chaoyang District, Beijing 100027
工体北路 三里屯 | 三里屯SOHO官方网站