For All Seasons
Beijing's New Civic Center Offers Something for Everyone
“Phase 3C will be Beijing central business district's civic focal point and function as the heart of the city.”
—Andrew Bromberg, Aedas, Hong Kong, China
PHOTO © COURTESY OF AEDAS
Beijing is getting cooler. The city's new civic center, known as China World Trade Center Phase 3C and designed by Andrew Bromberg at Aedas, will feature a rooftop slope made for winter sledding. During warmer months, the circular rooftop will transform into a large garden with seating areas and city views. Natural landscaping will provide shade and absorb heat.
The project will complete the final phase of the 30-year-long China World Trade Center complex development. The civic center aims to serve as both an entrance to the complex and a hub for current and future subway lines. It's about more than commerce. “As the new front door of China World, Phase 3C was envisioned to contain less traditional retail and explore a mix that was much more civic-focused,” says Mr. Bromberg, global board director at architectural firm Aedas in Hong Kong.
Inside, visitors will find more than just shopping: Cafés, an organic farm, a rock-climbing wall and exhibition spaces round out the mix.
China World Trade Center Phase 3C
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The building will also feature an Olympic-sized indoor ice skating rink.