Cloud 9 is an exploration of the three-dimensional city. It blurs the boundary between the ground and the building with the shape interwoven, reshapes the urban landscape, and makes the building become the extension of the land rather than an isolated island. Through the design method of lifting and undulating, the facade along the street enlivens the corner space of the city, releases the internal courtyard, and makes the internal and external space blend with each other. The continuous undulations and set-back models on the roof connect the sky garden and courtyard. The penetration of the volume improves the micro-climate environment of the building, and adds vegetation to make the Cloud 9 look like a mountain floating in the air.
▼项目鸟瞰，aerial view of the project ©白羽
▼屋顶连续起伏和退台，continuous undulations and set-back models on the roof ©白羽
Cloud 9 extends the ground to the sky, like a big mountain, where people can travel, and carries the life of urban people in the flowing external space. Different from the high-rise tower has a clear internal and external distinction, Cloud 9 building and site is not well defined. The two linked hexagonal layout forms a two-entrance courtyard, and a number of staggered sky gardens penetrate the building, making Cloud 9 become a considerable urban mountain forest.
▼顶视图，项目由两个相扣的六边形组成，top view, project composed of two linked hexagonal blocks ©白羽
Multiple staggered buildings are transformed into a whole by roof platform connection. Layers of falling shapes respond to the west side and talk to villages in the city in a similar scale. At the other end, the terrace square on the roof and a large sky garden embrace the ecological park on the east side.
▼屋顶平台将建筑连接为一个整体，roof platform connecting the buildings into a whole ©白羽
▼西侧对话城中村，responding to the village in the city to the west ©白羽
▼东侧俯瞰生态公园，overlook the ecological park on the east ©白羽
From the southwest corner steps to the podium roof, the lower roof is connected with the higher one to form an undulating and circular roof platform, which can be connected with the interior of building through every sky garden. The undulating roof platform restores the land covered by the building to public venues, connecting the surrounding footpaths and the communities outside. The path on the ground connects with the roof platform, forming a three-dimensional walking network. The three-dimensional streets under high-density conditions make people return to the state of communication, witness and random free walking.
▼屋顶平台，roof platform ©白羽
The first-floor open space, the undulating roof platform and the sky garden carry three-dimensional greening, leisure and sports facilities of different elevations. The orderly architectural form not only benefits the lighting and ventilation, but also allows the interior space to have more landscape, creating rich visual and spatial experience. The project implements the concept of energy conservation, environmental protection and sustainable development, and obtains the China Green two-star design logo by using green technologies such as photoconductive technology, solar photovoltaic, rainwater reuse, micro sprinkler irrigation, etc.
▼街景，首层架空，street view of the architecture with elevated ground floor ©白羽
▼首层空地，open space on the ground floor ©白羽
IT industry has gathered and developed rapidly in Tianhe District, Guangzhou. As a software industrial park, Cloud 9 provides different rental offices, such as SOHO office, flat floor office and duplex office through flexible space combination, which meets various office space requirements and dynamic development mode of start-up, expansion companies and even enterprise headquarters.
▼鸟瞰，建筑围合出丰富的庭院空间，aerial view of the diverse courtyards defined by the buildings ©白羽
▼充满自然气息的庭院，courtyard with natural atmosphere ©白羽
▼仰望建筑上方的连桥，look up at the bridges connecting the buildings on the upper floors ©白羽
The curtain wall design of mosaic pattern is adopted in the building. Through ingenious modulus calculation and surface materials such as Low-E glass, Ceramic Fritted Glass, back-painted glass, aluminum alloy gusset plate, aluminum alloy perforated plate, the outdoor unit of the air conditioner is hidden elegantly, and the facade modules with different storey height and different window opening requirements are unified in the “camouflage” appearance, realizing the fantastic overall feeling.
▼立面采用马赛克图案幕墙，curtain wall with mosaic pattern ©白羽
Cloud 9 does not show Chinese culture from common directions such as form imitation and element extraction. The twists and turns of its shape, the interconnection of external spaces, the continuous circulation of the path, and the intangible intangibility of the building is precisely the way that nature carries all things.
▼总平面图，site plan ©马达思班张健蘅工作室
▼一层平面图，first floor plan ©马达思班张健蘅工作室
▼六层平面图，sixth floor plan ©马达思班张健蘅工作室
▼九层平面图，ninth floor plan ©马达思班张健蘅工作室
▼屋顶平面图，roof plan ©马达思班张健蘅工作室
Project Name: Cloud 9
Location: Guangzhou Tianhe IBD Core Zone
Design Company: MADA s.p.a.m. Jane Z Studio
Designer: Ma Qingyun，Zhang Jianheng
Building area: 120000 square meters
Main Materials: Low-E glass, Ceramic Fritted Glass, back-painted glass, aluminum alloy gusset plate, aluminum alloy perforated plate
Client Name: Guangzhou Vanke Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Photographer: Bai Yu