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Hohhut Redevelopment CBD

Inner Mongolia, China

Hohhut is an ancient city founded around 1580. It is known for its rich cultural background, with many historical sites and temples, and is now a major tourist destination.  Though a city and land of great antiquities, Hohhut is being remade on a grand scale.

Zyscovich Architects has been commissioned to prepare a conceptual Master Plan. The challenge is to maintain a sense of place that is appropriate - even large-scaled modern architecture can coexist within a diverse and historic framework if a rigorous effort is made to understand the essence of place that exists.  This is the process that we call Real Urbanism®.

This design concept is a synergy of past and present that residents and visitors will embrace long into the future.  It features strategically located plazas which provide entry to the subterranean connections between all buildings within the project, essentially becoming underground rivers of life and commerce. These underground connectors will include an audio system to provide delicate sounds of water flowing and splashing, projectors introducing artistic video effects of light traveling through water, and “misters” positioned at key locations to cool those walking through.

The vehicular / pedestrian connections from the existing city grid are absorbed and dissolve into this new naturalistic reality.  A new logic takes over – it is a sense of sustainable habitat where life is equal parts of City and Nature.  The irregular building volumes break up prevailing winds, and the broken surfaces of the mixed-use and residential buildings further introduce wind-calming friction.  At the landscape level, the primary surface walks have rows of trees on the windward side.  A focal feature of the development is the hotel lobby greenhouse, designed to capture heat in winter and open up for ventilation in the hot summer.  The glass bubble enclosed space is envisioned as an iconic gathering place with water gardens and cultural artifacts.

The project’s renewable energy strategy includes the following features: 
Solar PV
Solar Hot Water 
Wind Energy 

 

Hohhut is an ancient city founded around 1580. It is known for its rich cultural background, with many historical sites and temples, and is now a major tourist destination.  Though a city and land of great antiquities, Hohhut is being remade on a grand scale.

Zyscovich Architects has been commissioned to prepare a conceptual Master Plan. The challenge is to maintain a sense of place that is appropriate - even large-scaled modern architecture can coexist within a diverse and historic framework if a rigorous effort is made to understand the essence of place that exists.  This is the process that we call Real Urbanism®.

This design concept is a synergy of past and present that residents and visitors will embrace long into the future.  It features strategically located plazas which provide entry to the subterranean connections between all buildings within the project, essentially becoming underground rivers of life and commerce. These underground connectors will include an audio system to provide delicate sounds of water flowing and splashing, projectors introducing artistic video effects of light traveling through water, and “misters” positioned at key locations to cool those walking through.

The vehicular / pedestrian connections from the existing city grid are absorbed and dissolve into this new naturalistic reality.  A new logic takes over – it is a sense of sustainable habitat where life is equal parts of City and Nature.  The irregular building volumes break up prevailing winds, and the broken surfaces of the mixed-use and residential buildings further introduce wind-calming friction.  At the landscape level, the primary surface walks have rows of trees on the windward side.  A focal feature of the development is the hotel lobby greenhouse, designed to capture heat in winter and open up for ventilation in the hot summer.  The glass bubble enclosed space is envisioned as an iconic gathering place with water gardens and cultural artifacts.

The project’s renewable energy strategy includes the following features: 
Solar PV
Solar Hot Water 
Wind Energy