Alley in Sanlitun South Village, Beijing, now rebranded as TaiKooLi (Swire's Chinese name)

Wikipedia: "...Inspired by Beijing's hutongs and siheyuan courtyards and comprising a mix of unusual shapes, textures and vibrant colours, the design of the Village blends the Beijing of the past with its more worldly, cosmopolitan present. The two halves that make up the Village compliment one another structurally, and set the tone for a diverse experience here in Sanlitun. Taking influence from the Oval partnership from Hong Kong, and Japanese architect Kengo Kuma, a group of some of the world's most renowned architects have created a community of 19 dramatic buildings, with the main focus on 'human-scale' design. This emphasis on 'human-scale' design when approaching the development of the Village allows the architecture to appear warm and welcoming, but also to both surprise and evoke intrigue in the visitor. In doing this, the designers have been able to produce some truly striking designs, without appearing lofty or intimidating. Village South blends a traditional hutong Village lifestyle with twenty-first century modernity and sophistication. Village North draws its courtyard form from China's siheyuan, in which architectural style displays a feel of urban sophistication and keen sense for fashion..."

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