Steven Holl, Sliced Prosperity Block /
'Sliced Porosity Block' In chengdu China with its sun sliced geometry resulting from minimum daylight exposures to the surrounding urban fabric prescribed by code. A great urban terrace on the scale of Rockefeller Center with a multi-level plaza in the center of the complex, sculpted by stone steps, ramps, trees, and ponds and caters to special events or to a casual afternoon in the sun. The three generous ponds on the plaza are inspired by a poem by Du Fu (713-770), in which he describes how 'Time has left stranded in Three Valleys'. (Du Fu was one of ancient China's most important poets, who spent a part of his life in Chengdu). Construction shots at Steven Holl's website.