FUZHOU – In the old city centre of one of the largest cities in Fujian province, China, NEXT architects has designed a large-scale apartment complex, Fuzhou Shouxi. From an external perspective the envelope is made up of organic, flowing balconies inspired by the famous local ‘seal-stone’ – also known as the ‘shouxi-stone’. The offset rippled façade adds depth, imitating movement that creates a rhythm throughout the architecture.
The building consists of residential units as well as a commercial block. It has a U-shaped floor plan, optimising the complicated, compact site which has many limiting conditions. The programme required each unit to be 45–110 sqm in size – to avoid having generic spaces – so it was left to the architects to get creative on the exterior, by manipulating the façade. Wrapping balconies around the external structure meant that each individual apartment was given its own customised outdoor space, creating diversity. This not only allows for variety but it also visually enhances the form. Within the interior the layout allows for a collective living room on the ground floor. The public space is located directly in-between the U-shape floor plan bringing the inhabitants together at the heart of the space. The design maximises the site with careful planning, evoking visual distinctiveness amongst the existing cityscape.
Photos courtesy of NEXT architects