Location: Chengdu, China
Developers: Chengdu Qianhao Property Co., a joint venture of Swire Properties and Sino-Ocean Land Holdings.
Designer: The Oval Partnership, Elena Galli Giallini and Spawton Architecture, Make Architects.
Size: 17 acres (7 ha)

Located in the southwestern Chinese city of Chengdu, the Sino-Ocean Taikoo Li Chengdu project is a large-scale, retail-led development consisting of an open-plan, lane-driven retail complex; the historic Daci Temple House; a boutique hotel with 100 guest rooms and 42 serviced apartments; and Pinnacle One, a Grade A office tower. The owner’s goal in developing the location was to create an urban lifestyle hub where visitors could enjoy a unique shopping and leisure experience amid the lanes, courtyards, and plazas of the complex.

This development in the heart of Chengdu adopted a creative modern architectural style, embracing elements of local culture and reflecting the traditional Sichuan style in its construction, without using replicas. This urban center’s appeal is enriched by its introduction of the contrasting fast and slow lanes concept, which echoes the tranquil nature and slower pace of the serene atmosphere around the temple, as well as the trendy, bustling, and dynamic atmosphere along the main street.

The project is certified Gold under the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) for Neighborhood Development rating system. Among the project’s green features are architectural fins on the facade and roof eaves for solar shading, and the use of computational fluid dynamics (CFD) analysis to improve its surrounding microclimate.