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.
Zhejiang Energy R&D Complex in Hangzhou, China by KABC
April 27th, 2012 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
KABC’s vision for the development of the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community reflects the goals of the new high technology research campus, which promotes a new paradigm for research and development campuses in the region. Sustainability is at the core of the architectural expression, encompassing environmental, social, economic and cultural sustainability by fostering community and promoting new techniques and technologies.
As one approaches the innovative office and research center in the Hai Chuang Yuan Community , the buildings immediately captivate the passerby with their iconic presence. Freestanding on the site, they read as transparent, geometrical, glazed forms floating as visually light, crystalline structures above the landscape. The buildings are placed above the landscape and they are carefully harmonized with the neighboring buildings. The public spaces at ground level create a dynamic public realm.
The architectural idea is inspired by the fascinating shapes of Chinese rocks, as well as the premises and the potential of the site. Just as much works of sculpture as they are buildings, the two architectural “rocks” enjoy the freedom of structural isolation. The structures respond to the 6 meter wide viewing corridor passing through the site. Facets are cut from two cubic forms to react to the corridor.
Rooted in the intersection of crossing pedestrians, employees, and innovative ideas, the buildings read as some culmination of the strands of energetic technology formulated within them. The buildings are covered with an exterior louver system of continuous aluminum strips that are inclined at certain places to admit daylight. The position, the shape, and the fine manipulation of each metallic strip’s material properties, enable the system to play with the light, and establish the project as a signature development for Zhejiang Energy. The shading system creates a fascinating blur effect while still being functional. Aesthetics and function meet in this building.
The buildings’ multi-faceted glass façade reflect both daylight and the immediate surroundings, but the double-glazing also features an integrated sun screen that allows the buildings to adapt to changing light conditions. In addition, the outer glazing system includes a subtle silk print design that both mitigates solar ingress and will also enliven the ambience of the central square.
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