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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.

CEIG Testing & Assessment Research Center in Shenzhen, China by LYCS Architecture

January 14th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LYCS Architecture

LYCS Architecture wins an invited competition for a 32,000 sqm testing and assessment research center in the city of Shenzhen. It is a mixed-use building including offices, residential and commercial. The project conceptually begins with the traditional Chinese urban design idea of a “miniature city” and divides the site into 10 equal volumes. Then the volumes are aligned corresponding to the scattered programs across the landscape.

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  • Architects: LYCS Architecture
  • Project: CEIG Testing & Assessment Research Center
  • Location: Shenzhen, China
  • Use : offices, residential and commercial
  • Site Area : 12007 m2
  • Bldg. Area: 23259 m2
  • Gross Floor Area : 31195 m2
  • Bldg. Coverage Ratio : 38%
  • Gross Floor Ratio: 1.94 %

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  • Bldg. Scale : 6 Stories above Ground, 1 Stories below Ground
  • Structure : Reinforced concrete
  • Max. Height : 24 m
  • Landscape Area : 33%
  • Parking Lot : 170 cars
  • Exterior Finish : Glass Curtain Wall
  • Project Team : Hao Ruan, Yuan Zhan, Xu Li, Meng Yang, Yan Li, Peng Wang, Vedrana Puhalo, Zhengmeng Dong
  • Complete year: 2013
  • Images: Courtesy of LYCS Architecture


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The project maintains horizontal consistency while allowing for the necessary building components to address diverse and at times conflicting desires for the overall design concept.

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As the building volumes shift in plan according to programmatic adjacencies, the glass curtain walls remain continuous and the floor plates are consistently continuous. Meanwhile, the third floor is being dramatically transformed into a tessellated plate that twists horizontally to tension the homogenous facade and break the overall continuity of the design. Additionally, the external stairs break down the facade’s impassibly clean horizontal lines, allowing the design of the facade to function both in the big picture horizontally, and in precise detail diagonally.

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The building volume is radically interrupted by a series of tessellated Hyperbolic Parabola surfaces on the third floor. This floor fundamentally challenges the standard office building with a synthetic gathering of three alternate architectural inventions: interruption of the perfect horizontal grid, connection of many floors with varying heights, and formation of a wave-like landscape terrace. Each terrace is smoothly connected by ramps and steps, providing people with multiple choices of circulation and rich spatial experiences. The terrace roof also extends into the interior space of the third floor, creating spaces for public exhibition, education, service and commercial.

Site Plan

The building volumes are connected on the second floor by different outdoor and indoor corridors, forming courtyards in the interstices of the unity. The courtyards, together with roof gardens and third floor landscape terraces, create a vertical green system.

Floor Plan



Plan 0

Plan 1


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