Slated to complete in 2012, the "RafflesCity" by UNStudio is a mixed-use complex that will accommodate retail spaces, offices, housing and a five-star hotel in a 60-story building with two towers near the QiangtanRiver in Hangzhou, China. Designed by the Dutch architect Ben van Berkel, the structure will provide a total floor area of about 300,000 square meters, which will provide a mesmerizing views of the QiantangRiver and WestLake areas.The RafflesCity not only presents a unique architectural design but also helps in reducing the carbon footprint of the residents, for the UNStudio seeks to receive the gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) GreenBuilding rating system for the project. The exclusivity of the structure is summarized by the designer in the following statement "The philosophy behind the RafflesCity concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist; by focusing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city. In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context, thereby effecting the incorporation and consolidation of these separate elements in one formal gesture".
Source By Valere Tjolle