Airport New Town, known as the “gateway” of Hangzhou City, is adjacent to Qiantang River, connected to the Asian Games Village and the Olympic Sports Center, and accessible to the “Airport Metro Line” under construction. Situated at the flourishing south bank of Qiantang River, it’s promoting airport-oriented development in tune with the times.
Project name: DOTHINK · AIRPORT CITY SALES CENTER
Client: DOTHINK (UCPC)
Location: Xiaoshan District, Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
Interior design firm: GFD
Interior design coordination: Ye Fei
Chief interior designer: Guo Yan
Interior design assistant: Shen Wei
Area: 1,700 m2
Completion time: Mach 2020
Main materials: terrazzo, aluminum panel with baked enamel finish, special-effect paint, reflective metal, black titanium
Photography: YUJI Studio
Text: Tang Zi
DOTHINK · AIRPORT CITY is a property development located in the core area of the Airport New Town. Through integrating diversified advantageous resources, the development aims to create a life model and redefines living space in this era. The project is the sales center of DOTHINK · AIRPORT CITY. GFD, a local design firm, was entrusted to conceive the space.
Minimalism is a kind of lifestyle aesthetics that weeds out the superfluous and returns to the original simplicity. As approaching the project, GFD broke the boundaries of space based on human scale, and adopted the approach of deconstruction to incorporate modern artistic aesthetics into the design, hence created a simplistic and pure aesthetic space.
In the foyer, light hues and curves generate an ethereal atmosphere. Embedded on the curved structural surfaces, the strip lights appear neat and clear. The orderly vertical aluminum stripes on the wall enhance a sense of formality, which is eye-catching and unique.
The lobby is dominated by holistic structural languages and fluidity. It features a smooth circulation and large areas of white surfaces, which endow the space with an artistic aesthetic. Large French windows bring nature into the interior, with lights running through it.
Terrazzo unifies the floor of the space. The site location display area is set at the end of the lobby, with a spiral staircase next to it, while the oval-shaped property model display table is arranged at the full-height central area, above which is a stunning lighting fixture. Lights fall down from the mirror ceiling and spread to all directions, which creates a dreamy scene of sparkling starlight.
The negotiation area is beside French windows. The columns featuring curved surfaces partition different sections to satisfy various negotiation needs. The passage, which is next to the secondary entrance, is separated from the negotiation area by curved panels. The bar counter has a three-layer curved side surface, which echoes with the structural languages of the overall space. Lines run through the ceiling, and hence enhance the layering of the space. The VIP negotiation area at the corner is semi-closed, which ensures privacy while not blocking the view at the same time.
The passage outside the washrooms is highlighted by irregularly-arranged strip lights, which add a futuristic feeling to the space. The audio/video area is at the other end of the lobby. Equipped with cutting-edge holographic projection technology, it combines art and technology, form and daily life, gets rid of geographical and time constraints, and carries expectations for the future. The spiral staircase lead to the second floor, accompanied by white lines and complemented by the artistic lighting fixture.
2F mainly serves leisure and negotiation purposes, with warm hues setting the overall tone. On one side of the staircase are the tea-drinking area, conference room, VIP reception room and office, while the leisure area is on the other side. The two-layered black and white reception desk is placed right near the staircase, for the sake of guiding visitors. The resting & communication section enjoys abundant daylight, with columns and ceiling lines marking off different functional areas.
The curved screen wall is a visual highlight. Characterized by neat lines, the second floor provides an ideal space for a variety of activities. In short, based on fabulous artistic aesthetics, the sales center incorporates diverse experiences, and sets a forward-looking example for new urban lifestyles.
GFD, founded more than a decade ago, is dedicated to working on interior design of real estate projects, hotels, commercial spaces and upscale private residences. The two design directors both obtained a bachelor’s degree in China Academy of Art, and then had further study in Politecnico di Milano and University of the Arts London respectively. In addition, they have been engaged in teaching activities in college for many years. The creative team members all graduated from design colleges at home and abroad.
GFD emphasizes integrated design quality control, from spaces to furnishings, schemes to construction drawings. And its works have been published on multiple international design media platforms and won various design awards at domestic and global levels. GFD established a branch company called QIANDU Home Furnishings, with a view to integrating prime design and product resources worldwide. So far, GFD has carried out design practices in various mainland Chinese cities, and branched out globally. In recent years, its team has completed many upscale private residence projects in New York, Sydney, Vancouver, Los Angeles and Hong Kong.