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Beijing Times Square

John van de Water, Jiang Xiaofei with Wang Jifei, Wang Yan, Zhou Tong, Wopke Schaafstal, George Coleman, Gao Shuang, Ren Wanting, Liu Feng Qin, Wang Xiao, Chen Long Fei, Chen Zhe, Gao Nan, Jiang Lai and Li Chao
Beijing Fangkai Group
Mixed programme for film and media researdch and production and 21 IMAX theatres
Beijing / CN
138.000 m2
Beijing Hanjian Group
Xiao Kai Xiong

Beijing Times Square' is a mixed-use project located in the center of Beijing Fangshan District. It is completely dedicated to the creative industries and media research, production and exhibition. In total, the project consists of around 138.000 m2 of program and 1.400 underground parking places. NEXT has been responsible for the full scope of the project, including architectural and landscape design and built.

To create an open public environment that allows for maximum exchange, the site has been made accessible from all directions. Two levels of public program, one on ground level and one on a sunken plaza level, cross the site diagonally, connecting three main intersections. The main entrance to 21 IMAX theatres of varying sizes is located at the center of the site, potentially creating a maximum traffic flow of pedestrian vistors thru the site. A 5000m2 urban LED canopy will emphasize the main public entrance to the site and will create an open connection to the new subway station that is located on the south-east corner of the site.

Around the sunken plaza, seven towers with a maximum height of 80 meters are organised to spatially enclose the central space. In these towers, different SOHO spaces are located. The facade of these towers loosely refer to a collection of different interlocking hands that are used in the film industry to determine screen proportions. A new type of glass in China is used, that is colourful towards the exterior and typical grey towards the interior.