In central Qingdao and overlooking the Yellow Sea, the Agora is a 2.3 million sq ft development consisting of a 4-story, 300,000 sq. ft. retail podium; a 30-story, 96-unit condominium tower; and a 51-story, 936,000 sq. ft. class-A office tower, the tallest in Shandong Province.
The exterior form of the office building recalls traditional Chinese 'scholar rocks,' specifically rock shapes that evoke islands off the coast of Shandong Province, and therefore have significance to the local population.
Existing and anticipated pedestrian traffic patterns provided the framework for siting the buildings and shaping public spaces.
The office tower's varied window to core depths will accommodate a wide variety of tenant uses.
The retail portion of the development celebrates the essential role that food plays in Chinese culture, with restaurants of different scales and ambiences, as well as bakeries, spice markets, delis, cafes, and tea houses.
A tiered garden in an amphitheater arrangement faces a reflecting pool which can host community events such as concerts, performances, and outdoor film screenings.
The Agora has been recognized for 'Outstanding Contribution to the Economy in Housing Development'. Awarded by the CPC Qingdao Shinan District People's Government, the commendation is for exemplary contributions to the development of housing.
Client: IMC Octave
Sq. Ft.: 1,570,000