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  • Greenland Group

    Since its establishment on July 18, 1992, Greenland Group, as the state-owned mega enterprise group in Shanghai, has been adhering to the corporate tenet of "Greenland, create better life" to do what government thinks and satisfy what market demands over the past 21 years, and has established a diversified industrial structure through both industrial and capital operation under which "energy and finance sections are developed simultaneously with real estate as main operation". The Group ranks 359th in 2013 on the Fortune Global 500 list and 55th among Top 500 China Enterprises. In 2013, the business income of the Group totaled 54 billion USD, up by 33% over last year, and the total pre-tax profits exceeded 4.6 billion USD. The total assets of the Group by the end of 2013 totaled 58 billion USD. Among them, 16.66 million square meters of real estate products have been sold with the sales revenue of 27 billion USD, ranks No.1 and No.2 respectively in China. The real estate pre-sales is expected to reach 39 billion USD in 2014 while the business revenue is expected to reach 66 billion USD. Greenland Group leads in the development of real estate products in terms of scale, product type, and quality and brand awareness, especially the development of ultra-high-rise buildings, large urban complexes, industrial parks and business districts surrounding high-speed railway stations. Currently, there are 23 ultra-high-rise landmark buildings under construction or completed by the Group, among which, 4 are among top 10 highest buildings in the world. Its projects cover more than 80 cities in 29 provinces, municipalities and autonomous regions of China,with the on-going construction area of 65 million square meters. Greenland Group has closely followed the economic globalization and steadily expanded its overseas operation to 12 cities in 9 countries of 4 continents, including US, Australia, Canada, UK, Germany, France, South Korea, Thailand and Malaysia, striving to become the leading global operator of the real estate industry in China. While maintaining its leading position in real estate industry, Greenland Group also actively develops energy, finance and other sub-pillar industries. The Group has established an integrated chain covering the production, processing, storage, transport and distribution of coal as well as the storage, transport and sales of petroleum. It owes several coal mines in Inner Mongolia and Shanxi, with gross resource reserve of nearly 700 million tons, annual output of more than 13.5 million tons and distribution of over 55 million tons. At the same time, Greenland Group has strived to build a whole financial industrial chain, developed comprehensive financial cooperation with Guizhou, Guangxi and Jiangxi, set up small-loan companies in Shanghai, Ningbo, Chongqing, Nanchang, Qingdao and other central cities, and bought shares of Shanghai Rural Commercial Bank, Bank of Jinzhou, Orient Securities Company Limited, and other financial institutions. Besides, both commercial and hotel operation have significantly promoted the growth of the Group’s main business. The Group so far has developed in total 20 million sqm of commercial area and currently owns 3 million sqm of shopping centers, making it the leader in terms of project size, functional positioning and commercial quality in domestic real estate market. The hotel sector of the Group is operated under both self-owned hotel brands and entrusted management. At present, the Group has more than 70 high-star hotels completed or under construction, constituting a total asset of 5 billion USD. In terms of capital operation, Greenland Group has successfully become the controlling shareholder of the Hong Kong-listed Greenland Hong Kong Holdings Ltd. (00337) to complete its new strategic layout in the integration of worldwide resources, so that it can further strengthen the vitality and competitiveness of the enterprise with mixed ownership. The Group is also accelerating its IPO process to be more open, international and market-oriented. The Group never forgets its social responsibility to return to the community. It donated 32 million USD to set up the Greenland Foundation; launched exclusive charity brand—"Greenland Heart Program", and established the Shanghai Greenland Football Club. A total of 160 million USD has been donated or sponsored. To learn more about other Greenland projects, please visit the Greenland Corporate Website.
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  • Page + Steele Architects

    page-steele-architects In a city leading the world in downtown residential growth, they are becoming increasingly rare – those treasured reminders of another age – glorious and classic architectural gems. Such is the Canadian Westinghouse Building at the corner of King Street and Blue Jays Way. Six storeys of history…and six floors of stories. “Its look is a diamond in the rough for architects and a remarkable example of late 19th century Chicago style architecture,” said Mansoor Kazerouni, Principal of King Blue architect Page + Steele/IBI Group. “When we first toured through it, we immediately recognized the impact it could have on the entire King Blue development and the great influence it would have on our overall design.” Built in two phases between 1927 and 1935, the bottom three floors served as a warehouse for the Canadian arm of the Westinghouse Company and the top three floors were added to house the sales and service department of the company’s Toronto district office. The building is a classic trademark design of the type of commercial buildings that emerged in Chicago in the late 19th century. A square plan with large expanses of glass through highly articulated windows to allow for maximum natural light to flow inside. But it is the exterior that most Torontonians came to know and love as the one-time home of the Indian Motorcycle Café and Lounge; a rare application of classic brick dressed up by terra cotta trim, a testament to the history of the entertainment district. Restoring and retaining this façade will be the work of award-winning historical architects ERA Architects.
    "Retaining this façade not only honours toronto’s past but offers us the unique opportunity to incorporate a public courtyard which will connect the two towers and house desirable retail stores to enhance the neighbourhood."
    “The façade of the Westinghouse Building will be a striking, yet complementary contrast to the towers of King Blue above,” says Kazerouni. “Retaining this façade not only honours Toronto’s past but offers us the unique opportunity to incorporate a public courtyard which will connect the two towers and house desirable retail stores to enhance the neighbourhood.” The courtyard is an unexpected moment in the project and is destined to become a memorable space for all those who encounter it. Each of the four main components of King Blue will have their presence felt in the courtyard. The two tower lobbies, the lobby of the Theatre Museum of Canada and the Retail storefronts all highly visible through their transparent glass facades, will contribute to the energy and animation of this space, making the courtyard an Urban room that seamlessly flows from interior to exterior. The new home of the Theatre Museum of Canada, with its transparent glass façade and horizontal frame, will have its own striking presence at Blue Jays Way and Mercer Street. ”It’s all about context and creating a design that complements the existing urban condition, honours King Street’s past and acknowledges the area’s bright future”, says Kazerouni. The towers will confidently assume their position at this important intersection and will be defined by strong forms that are boldly articulated. The trapezoidal form of the towers is wrapped in dark glass articulated at two corners by projecting white balconies stacked in groups of 8-9 floors, which is a reference back to the stacked terracotta frames of the Westinghouse building. A white ceramic frit pattern has been designed for the balcony glass which will fade from opaque at the bottom to transparent at the top, facilitating viewing while seated, and giving the balconies visual movement and a soft veil like appearance. Further striking in design will be illuminated canopies on the street edges of the development, meant as contemporary interpretations of ‘theatre marquees’, reflecting the ‘entertainment’ aspect of the area. “Our design intent is very simple but also very classic,” says Kazerouni. “We are making a meaningful contribution to the urban fabric, which enriches the entire community.” With an eclectic mix of old and new, the craftsmanship of historic brick combining with smooth steel with black glass, King Blue Condominiums will be a stunning statement in the King Street West area.
  • Munge Leung

    Munge Leung King Blue is designed for animation and activity for residents and their guests, behaving as an extension of the King Street West lifestyle. The street-level facades on King Street, Blue Jays Way and Mercer Street will be lined with restaurants and retail that embody the vibrancy of Toronto’s Entertainment District. But the unexpected moment happens inside King Blue with a public courtyard sitting at the heart of the development. "The courtyard will be King Blue’s cornerstone, with the two tower lobbies connecting to it," says Alessandro Munge, Managing Partner at Munge Leung. "It will be like a village well from long ago, the gathering spot of the development for residents, guests and the public. The design aspires to integrate the energy and activity reflected by the surrounding spaces, with the courtyard acting as the perfect meeting place with the two towers soaring above it." A dramatic three storey entrance Archway off of Blue Jays Way opens into the courtyard, with a north-south public pedestrian walkway flowing from both King and Mercer Streets. Here, the two residential towers rise above, creating a 'community within a community' for King Blue residents. The design of King Blue reflects the excitement and vibrancy of King Street West, with the common areas and public spaces designed to behave as an extension of the living space. "People who choose a King West lifestyle are social and active in nature," says Munge. "King Blue’s public spaces are tools to demonstrate to residents the social aspect that can exist and thrive within a vertical living atmosphere, allowing them an exciting and stimulating experience beyond their suites." Amongst the most engaging social elements for residents will be a rooftop terrace atop the Canadian Westinghouse Building. Featuring an exclusive pool and bar, landscaped terrace with waterfall feature, sculptured trellis, adjacent party room and multi-media room, full catering facilities and kitchen, outdoor fire pits, private lounges and dining areas, the rooftop terrace will be a gathering spot for social interaction, entertaining and stimulating conversations. "We studied the pace and pulse of King Street West and its distinct feel," continues Munge. "And we designed the common spaces within King Blue to reflect the confidence and self-assured ebullience that comes from the area itself." With both residential towers playing off the rooftop terrace, Munge Leung envisioned an interactive and sophisticated community setting, stimulated by the hub of energy emanating from King Blue's common areas. "Our goal with the design of King Blue is to promote human interaction and conversation," says Munge. "Success would be to see people in the elevators not looking at their smart-phones, but engaging with each other because there is familiarity and comfort." Residential suites at King Blue will come in a variety of styles and sizes, emphasized by clean and sophisticated lines, while integrating the comforts of ‘home’. All suites come complete with the finest finishes, from hardwood floors and granite countertops, to gourmet show kitchens, designer-selected hardware and stunning views from the urban canopy. Munge Leung’s philosophy for urban residential design is to create unique, elegant spaces that have lasting impressions, while promoting a sophisticated lifestyle with a focus on quality and refined detailing.