Xi’an Baqaio World Bay Sales Center  

Xian, China  

China Housing & Land Development Co.

Project Data:
19.64 ha site area, 3,000 sm building area    
Residential development sales center

Project Description:
A prime riverfront location along the Ba River will feature a mix of high rise residential towers, mid rise buildings and low rise luxury units.  To showcase this development and promote sales of individual units, an architecturally unique sales center facility is envisioned.  The development site is immediately adjacent to the motorway leading to the Xi'an Terra Cotta Warriors Museum, and also south of the ChamBa ecological preserve and the 2010 World Botanical Exhibition site fronting along the river.  Influenced by these site features, the design's river orientation provides visitors with exceptional views from the sales center exhibition areas, mock-up units, and vertical look-out tower which overlooks the stunning natural setting.

Consisting of two key compositional elements - a horizontal, two-story volume with sculpted roof and a chiseled vertical tower, the design features a circulation sequence which highlights specific programmatic items, while welcoming and engaging visitors of the center.  The concept is organized along a two-story skylit spine, off of which are located exhibition spaces, lounge areas, private offices, model units, auditorium, and negotiation spaces.  On the ground level, visitors can engage directly with landscape elements, featuring private gardens and water ponds immediately accessible from inside. Culminating with the look-out tower, the intended circulation route invites guests up the 30 meter high tower where a variety of site views are showcased.  At night time, the tower lighting serves as a visual beacon for people returning to Xi'an after visiting the Terra Cotta Warriors Museum.