MORE and AIM reveal Jiaxing Island at Beijing Design WeekClose

During Beijing Design Week 2015, MORE Architecture and AIM Architecture will unveil Jiaxing Island, their collective design project. Jiaxing Island is a mixed-use building challenging current paradigms on urban space in China.

MORE and AIM have developed the Jiaxing Island mixed use complex in an exceptionally dynamic context – the fringe of rapidly urbanizing Jiaxing, where the countryside has made way for industrial zones and residential complexes. This transformation from rural to urban, old to new and small to big has happened in a decade.

During Beijing Design Week, MORE and AIM will re-examine the makeover of the area: zooming in from city to building, showing the drastic transformation in time and space, and they way the architects responded. This response is mainly driven by the idea of architecture as small scale urbanism. Jiaxing Island is a complex which consists of eight volumes combined into one building, which generates a myriad of programs, uses, experiences…

Consequently, the project challenges a couple of classic urban notions in China: the traditional north-south orientation of buildings; wide, car-dominated streets; the square as an expression of power. It actively tries to mix functions, and by literally placing the public space in the heart of the project, the building finally mixes people…

‘Jiaxing Island – Small Scale Urbanism’ is part of the show ‘The Nurturing House’, which explores innovation for a better urban future. For Beijing Design Week 2015, The Nurturing House will feature architects and designers from The Netherlands and China, including NL Architects, MVRDV, UNStudio, Powerhouse Company and others.

The Nurturing House
21 Sanjing Hutong
Dashilar, Xicheng district

Opening Party: September 23, 5pm
On Show: September 24 – October 31
The Nurturing House Conversation Days: 25 & 26 September, 12pm – 5pm

MORE and AIM reveal Jiaxing Island at Beijing Design Week
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