In this high intensity residential development, FAR 3.8 in a one ha site with 3k retail floor area, the enforced effect from both local regulations and developer’s market oriented logic has already challenged the architect’s balancing technique a lot . Due to this strongly one-way guiding, the result usually is the design itself automatically has omitted seeking the win-win relations with the surroundings from the beginning.
Normally, the approach goes along the unit design since for the small block, the enclosure pattern is a choice taken for granted. However, thinking in another way, if adding the elements from the analysis with the surroundings beyond only considering the product itself, one might find a totally different choice: Introduce a leisure street with a sensitive pattern inside the development—you could say “with the little on the small”. This could not only meet the efficient arrangement of the retail floor area in a limited site, which avoid occupying the view-value areas on the edges otherwise they have to be done, but also provide the sufficient pedestrian flow from the surroundings to support the commercial value of the property. Moreover, it creates the possibility to allow the central space expand to the out. As a result, a full-blooded node has been cultivated for the city.