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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

XinAo Concrete Research Plant in Beijing, China by Synarchitects

November 29th, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Synarchitects

Challenged with a highly innovative plant, combining scientific research and modern production of concrete on an international standard, we have been asking ourselves to not only provide all tasks, but to add something special that makes this project shine out the typical factories.

The company XinAo is multitalented enterprise providing all kind of goods and services. A lot of their goals are satisfying families and supporting them in the daily tasks we all encounter. We took this as a perfect link to the subject concrete, providing us with the necessarities of our infrastructure. This ranges from bridges to houses to simple furniture. We took this liason of common goals to give the whole project a simple and for everyone coherent face, a ordinary house.


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  • Architect: Synarchitects
  • Name of Project: XinAo Concrete Research Plant
  • Location: Beijing, China
  • Structural engineers: Synarchitects
  • Client: Xin Ao
  • Design team: Zou Yingxi, Gao Yang, Florian Baumgartner
  • Credits: Synarchitects
  • Software used: primarly Rhino and Sketchup initially; later on 3DS and the Adobe products for the finish.

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  • Program: Concrete research facility with plant, offices, mensa, dormitory, museum, exhibition area, businessclub, trainingscenter
  • Construction area: 97000 m2
  • Gross floor area: 116000 m2
  • Factory Builing Area: 58000 m2
  • Museum: 3000 m2
  • Training Centre: 18000 m2
  • Dormitory: 7000 m2
  • Research Base: 30000 m2
  • Plot ratio: 0.6
  • Site coverage: 34%
  • Ratio of green area: 33%
  • Parkings places: 94
  • Project year: 2011


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At the beginning of our design strategy we followed the terms of the workflow-diagram to get the  minimal requirements of the ceilings, the distances between the working steps and the necessesary enclosed areas. Later on we added the most basic geometry of a house to design the roofs following the ascending ceiling height of the factory halls.

With enough space we can provide better ventilation, through the wall we naturally lit the construction areas. Simultaneous it is shielded from outside via the semiopaque u-profile glass. With a closed surface we get a high ecological standart and are able to aid ecological solutions for every working step.


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The client did the request to design a green, modern and ecological plant site to fit to the internatioal standarts of both, research facilities and eco-friendly factory-sites. With with a park we divide the production area from the more public grounds and flock some more green areas near the concrete plant to gather the dust from the tender areas and the processing of the ready-mix trucks.

The rest of the compound was designed in the same architectural language to give the spectators from every angle the illusion to stand in front of a group of wild scaled houses.


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Site Plan


Home and emotions


Areas of functioin

Design idea


Green Areas

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