The project is located in the heart of the Chenggong district of Kunming, which is known as the ‘Spring City and Flower Capital’ and is also famous for its beautiful clouds, Dianchi Lake and red-billed gulls. The design draws inspiration from Kunming’s pleasant climate conditions and rich regional culture to create a garden-style wellness community that coexists with nature and grows in its most natural form in an urban background. It will become a benchmark for the health industry in Kunming, a CCRC continuing care retirement community that integrates daily care and nursing, medical rehabilitation, culture and art, meeting the spiritual, cultural, physical health and social needs of the elderly in all aspects.
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Chinese Design Awards 2023
Taikang Community Dian Garden
Architecture Design (Under Construction)
BAI Design International
Xipeng Zhao, Na Feng, Laura Zurbano, Fei Meng, Haimo Shi, Ziwei Li, Ying Liang, Xianglin Piao, Jing Zhao, Weina Wang, Qingyu Wu, Yan Zhao, Deming Zhuang
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With a total investment of approximately RMB 1.31 billion, the project will cover a site area of approximately 43,000 square metres and an above-ground construction area of approximately 96,000 square metres, providing approximately 1,400 senior living units, and is expected to come into operation in 2025.
The Vitality Centre is both a showcase for the external neighbourhood and a service hub for the internal. The façade is inspired by the red-billed gulls fluttering around Dianchi Lake, and the building’s dynamic profile is derived from its wings soaring. The rooftop is based on parametric designs and made of modules of ceramic panels, which are arranged and overlapped to resemble dancing feathers in the sunlight, depicting the poetry of spring and guarding the homes of the elderly. A Four Seasons Hall is located in the atrium space linking the various functional areas. The glass dome on top of it resembles a flower in full bloom, blurring the boundary between the building and nature, allowing the daylight and shadows to record the changes in time and atmosphere.
The set-back terrace space at the top of the residential towers shapes the city’s skyline while responding to the urban space with a modest gesture, creating a more open and multi-functional social space for the community, while interpreting the most traditional countryside landscape living scenario. Taking into account the accessibility of the elderly, the communal garden is designed with a ‘multiple ground level’ spatial concept that links the residential areas through semi-outdoor corridors. Natural ventilation and daylighting, as well as green roofing, are used to achieve energy efficiency throughout the life cycle of the building.