One of the largest commercial complexes in Kunming, the 430,000 m2 Spring City 66 is comprised of a retail podium and office tower that are carefully integrating into the surrounding context. Located adjacent to two major pedestrian-friendly boulevards and metro lines, Spring City 66’s accessibility and public amenities weave this high-density, mixed-use destination directly into the urban fabric of Kunming.
The design for Spring City 66 responds to Yunnan Province’s unique landscape and its location along historic trade routes. A landscaped promenade, reminiscent of the region’s verdant valleys, is central to the project, while the surrounding undulating retail podium and a crag-like tower nod to the nearby Shilin Stone Forest’s notable limestone formations. The project’s varied program weaves along with multiple levels of terraces lined with shops and restaurants, creating a vibrant destination for the city.
Spring City 66 prioritizes the user experience by integrating circulation, program, and natural elements. Connecting terraces, lined with shops and restaurants, create a vibrant destination and urban lifestyle center. Opening from Dongfeng Plaza to the west and extending east, the promenade concludes at the 330-meter office tower, accentuating the monumentality of the structure.
Inspired by the fields and terraces of the area, the folding geometry on the retail podium sculpts a subtle yet elegant articulation along its main facades and incorporates local stone. Convex chevrons create a dynamic interaction between light and shadow during the day, and at night offer a welcoming glow through carefully incorporated accent lighting. Strong horizontal elements carved out of the podium create shading and form a key design feature in the podium.
The office tower has clearly differentiated facades, responding to solar orientation and views. Each facade maximizes natural light to the building’s interior, while also reducing heat gain. The Y-shaped fins on the east and west façades provide shading, while the north and south façades offer unobstructed vistas to the city and natural landscapes. The tower’s crown incorporates feature lighting, giving the form a lantern-like effect that marks Spring City 66 on the Kunming skyline.
Sustainable Design Strategies.
Pre-certified LEED Gold, Spring City 66 maximizes energy conservation, environmental comfort, and material efficiency. The landscaping in the plaza removes pollutants from the air, while the hardscaping aids in rainwater management by diverting runoff into an on-site cistern for future use. The podium green roof improves insulation, mitigates stormwater runoff, and reduces the building’s heat island effect. It also includes photovoltaic panels which minimize the development’s reliance on Kunming’s power grid.
Architects: Kohn Pedersen Fox
Area: 396000 m²
Photographs: Ai Qing
Manufacturers: AutoDesk, Assa Abloy, Colt, Dormakaba, Dow Building Solutions, GEZE, Hitachi, Kohler, Signify, Toto, iGuzzini, Boon Edam, CS, CSG, KONE, Kindwin, Kinlong, Lunascape, Maxgrand, Rigel +2
Lead Architects: Jeff Kenoff, Peter Gross
President And Design Principal: James von Klemperer
Design Principal: Jeff Kenoff
Managing Principal: Peter Gross
Director, Kpf Hong Kong: Yee Tak Lau
Senior Designer: Matthew (Dryden) Razook
Job Captain: Jo Jungie
Design Team: Estelle Chan, Bernard Chang, Tana Hovland, Wan Hsuan (Cheryl) Hu, Janice Hui, Kyung-eun (Kyung) Hwang, Marc Janty, Heejoon Jo, Jungeun Kim, Caleb Kung, Min-jae Lee, Sangmin Lee, Samantha Leung, Diandian Li, Albert Lin, Xiang Liu, Ka-Mun (Farica) Lo, Tsai Tse (Josh) Lo, Oscar Obando, Anna Pietrzak, Hua Wing (Vivien) Sin, William So, Nicholas (Nick) Trapani, Sandra (Sandy) Veras, Chi Chung (Ronald) Wong, Shuang (Henry) Wu
Clients: Hang Lung Properties
Structural Engineer: AECOM Asia Co. Limited
Mep Engineer: J. Roger Preston Limited
Executive Architect: Wong & Tung International Limited
Qs: Langdon & Seah China Limited
Traffic Consultant: MVA Asia Ltd
Sustainability Consultant: Buro Happold
Façade Consultant: ALT Limited
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