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In Guangzhou Swire Properties have recently completed a mixed used commercial development taking up a full city block on comprising hotels, offices and shopping including a cultural centre for the city. TaiKoo Hui is a large-scale multi-faceted complex in the thriving heart of the Tianhe Central Business District of Guangzhou, developed and managed by Swire Properties. Offering a gross floor area of approximately 358,000 sqm (exclusive of the cultural center), it incorporates a prime shopping mall, two Grade A office towers, a cultural center, the first Mandarin Oriental Hotel in Guangzhou, and serviced apartments. More info at

Daylight is a key ingredient to the Taikoo Hui shopping centre, and notably with the intent to flood the mall with light deep into the lower and basement levels. The glass components designed by Hugh Dutton Associates celebrate daylight. They provide sculptural expression that responds to light through filtering it, diffusing it, playing with it’s shadows, reflecting it.

Hugh Dutton Associates were engaged by Swire as specialist design consultants to architects Arquitectonica for all the feature glazing components of the development; notably the main entrance atria boxes, and waving linear skylight down the central spine of the shopping mall.



TAIKOO HUI Skylight . Architect: Arquitectonica . Specialist Designer: HDA | Hugh Dutton Associés
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We have recently published some photos of the construction progress of Jiang Tai Winter Garden and talk about the feeling to see something one has designed becoming real.
Today we share with you some drawings and photos of the construction site taken last week at Taikoo Hui Glass Box and Skylight.


Winter Garden Jiang Tai project, Beijing.

Specialist Designer: HDA

Architect: Benoy

Photos: October 2010

More info about the design process here




It”s always surprising when you see something you have designed springing up.
A weird and exciting feeling viewing how things slowly move from a virtual model towards the world of reality…