Fake Hills
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Fake Hills

The vast majority of development in China’s new cities takes the form of residential housing, often standardized and cheap to guarantee a quick return for investment. Is it possible to build high-density, economically viable housing that is also architecturally innovative?

This development is located on the coastal city of Beihai, south of China, on an 800 meter long, narrow oceanfront site. The fundamental geometry of the scheme combines two common yet opposite architecture typology, the high rise and groundscraper, producing an undulating building typology, resulting in a form of a hill. The geometry of the architecture maximizes potential views for the residents; the continuous platform along the roof becomes the public spaces, with gardens, tennis courts and swimming pools on top of the man-made hills. Each opening in the building allows the sea breezes to pass through and creating ocean views from the interior.

Aiming for a high-density solution and a new landmark for the city, Fake Hills provides a heightened experience of the coastline and an opportunity for unhindered interaction with the city and the vast nature ahead it faces.

Location : Beihai, China
Type : Residential Apartment
Time : 2008-2015
Site Area : 109,203sqm
Building Area : 492,369sqm
Building Height : Ground scraper 106m, Tower 194m
Directors : Ma Yansong, Dang Qun
Advisor : Bao Pao
Design Team : Xue Yan, Liu Huiying, Xu Dongxin, Wang Wei, Tang Liu, Zhang Jie, Ren Xiaowei, Kristie Park, Dinah Zhang, Fernie Lai, Fu Changri, Zheng Tao
Associate Engineer : Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE)
Structural Engineer : Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE)
Mechanical Engineer : Jiang Architects & Engineers (JAE)