PEI Architects (PEI) conceived of this project as a series of distinct ﬂoating volumes that clearly identiﬁes each part of the program with its own unique building form. These buildings are uniﬁed by a large continuous podium that rings the site and is organized around a series of courtyards to bring light, air, and landscaping throughout the building.
LOCATION: Hainan Province, China
CLIENT: Bank of China Co., Ltd
As with most Chinese courtyard buildings, the process of entering and experiencing the building is modulated by a series of interior and exterior spaces that transition from public entrance yards to more private landscaped ones. At BOC Haikou, PEI placed the grand entry courtyard at the center of the podium, with a large opening to the sky and direct views up to the tower, followed by more intimate interior focused spaces and private rooftop gardens.
Because of Haikou’s comfortable climate Pei designed this building to be open on many levels and to have as much surface area as possible for visitors to constantly see and feel the outdoors. The various buildings are connected by either a landscaped rooftop or long open bridges with views both out to the surrounding landscape and into the open courtyards which they border. As well, the open ground level shaded arcade and lower cellar level are opened and accessible to bring in ample light and air to the inner reaches of the building. The intention is to activate all levels of the project, both above and below grade, with these courtyard elements that provide spaces that shape the landscape to ensure an interesting journey throughout the building.