The Xin building, true to its name, is so shining that it can be spotted from very high away by sat! Anyone going through Google earth can verify this. Now to have Xin metal thus shining, you have to polish it and wash it with good water…..
From a westerner look, the building design is a bit estranged, mainly due to the canopy design, then with the entrance features is it a critic? No! On the contrary it would testify for the success of the Architect, his team and the Master of Works with deep rooting in Chinese and Asian culture. Thus being able to retain its essence while using the building techniques and their ordinary design consequences that have spread all around the world, with the back draw of rubbing people’s identities and setting so an often boring and sad sensation of uniformity in offices buildings!
Apart from having bits of understandings concerning the main KanYu conformity, I am quite intrigued by the canopy design. Its technical use, I can only have guesses, not being acquainted with the local environmental conditions. But for its sophisticated design, it shows a deeper intention; for, from a mere technical and building cost approach, it perhaps could have been designed as a simple straight extension of the inner structure of the building. It is obviously treated as a separate but fully integrated unit bringing something more to the project and not only in purely “stylish” purpose. No doubt that this structure pay tribute to the art and abilities of technical studies offices and working skills of builders, but what lay behind the differences in styling the front with some main angles rounded while the back and sides are kept squared? I will let the learned discover the reasons, as the Architect himself did gave a quite general guide for understanding his Concept, his architectural “Parti- Pris.
You have given the main Kan Yu hints for understanding your work and decisions.
A feature of terrain draw my attention: the road pattern around the building: I would tend to consider it as a long noose. The fact that the noose braid is directed toward south have generated this question and reflection.
This building is, of course, attuned to your general provocateur trend, not in itself, but regarding to the general classic building near environment: Is it a Crane among Chickens?
I would say yes and it might be a seed for starting a new efficient and successful business area there. The drawback of being so conspicuous and tailored for success is it may generates envy and jealousy around, and with the local powers. So, I would say with that road noose that the communication success might, if too strong and boasting for “avant garde” against conservative’s local strengths, be the sign for obstruction and backlashes: when Yin wood is growing too fast and disturbs, it is trimmed. If trimming is done with care and sympathy everything is fine; but if the one who has the power of trimming feels a menace and danger for its power and habits from this growth, it might trim harshly and so cripple the yin wood. Of course this would have nothing to do with you or your design, only with the occupant’s attitudes! If I were the owner of building or start up developer in this place, I would keep a keen look on my communication and be cautious not to provoke – too much- local powers. That is walking on the razor’s edge: how do you disturb people enough to wake them up so they adapt to new conditions without falling into provocation that will upset them and generates rebukes and obstruction? And in this case” squeeze the noose around the neck”!
But why did I spent time writing you irrelevant things or things you already know and took care of there?
With my best. Steve