Paraná doesn't meet Amazon. It's one of the largest rivers in the world, whose basin dominates almost the entire Centre-South Brazil, outflowing in the ocean on Buenos Aires/Montevideo.one river is naturally brown from the silt, the other is normal dark blue.
The Parana river does the same in Brazil where it meets the silted Amazon
Location: Chongqing, China
Area: 9,600 sqm
Photographs: Luo Wen
Located to the north of Chongqing on the banks of Palm Lake and the Taiping Reservoir, the Palm Island project is a new hospitality precinct designed by HASSELL.
The key element of the design is water and it has been melded with light and reflections for the project concept. When viewed from afar, the five buildings housing six different restaurants appear to float on the lake, which is the unique feature of the project by Palm Springs Real Estate Development.
Patrons at each restaurant enjoy views of natural water vistas on one side and a private `water courtyard’ on the other, integrated visually through the creation of an infinity pool-style water feature. This gives the architectural impression that the buildings are ‘floating’ on water.
The designers drew inspiration from the geography of Chongqing, which sits at the convergence of the mighty Yangtze River and Jialing River, giving the city its nickname of being ‘connected by two rivers’.
Palm Spring also features the unique interplay of crystal-like glass structure and an external white ceramic covering that interacts with the lake waters to give off a musical quality. The ever-changing reflections during the day give change to a dreamlike quality at night.
Architects: PURE Architecture
Location: Chongqing, China
Area: 1,100 sqm
Photographs: Shu He Photography
Structural Engineer: Shanghai Baoye Construction Group Corp.
Landscape Design: Collective Landscape Design LLC.
Interior Design: MoHen Design International
Client: Chongqing Greenland Real Estate Development Co.
The Chongqing Greenland Clubhouse is located halfway up the south side of the mountain in Hong’en Temple Forest Park, Chongqing, facing the Jialing River. It is one of twenty-three commercial buildings, initially used as a real estate sales centre for the Greenland Bund Center project.
Designed as a medium for dialogue between the river and mountain, the spatial experience through the building reflects the unique qualities of the dynamic terrain.
Due to the one story height difference between the mountainside entrance and the terrace overlooking the river, the building is composed of two floors. The second level consists of the main entrance, and is primarily used as the real estate exhibition space, containing multimedia presentations and a river view experience. The first floor functions as a sales centre, containing models of the properties and sales spaces. It is also connected to the model homes.
In terms of architecture, the form of the first level is conceived from a glass box, pristine and sturdy. On the second level, the side facing the mountain utilizes stretched triangular shapes to create an undulating contour line, echoing the silhouette of the mountains. Additionally, the heavy gray colour of the external zinc cladding integrates the architecture with the city. In contrast, the surface facing the river is tranquil and lithe, reminiscent of a crystal case; its translucency presents little disturbance to the river scenery while allowing a complete view of the river from the interior of the building. On this basis, the visitor is led on a winding path containing seven different experiences from the second floor entrance to the first floor terrace. Let each visitor experience the beauty of the medium between the site and its surroundings, composed of an infinity pool, river, triangularform, courtyard, and crystal case.
what happened with this great project???Does anyone know the status of the Chaotianmen site where the rivers converge?
A few years ago there was a competition... and a few firms were shortlisted... then nothing.
Here are a few images of NBBJ's shortlisted design. I may be able to get the other shortlisted design if anyone is interested. Hopefully they will build there... it is too important a site to sit vacant.