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 A in Hangzhou, China by Klingmann Architects + Brand Consultants
October 10th, 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.
A key element of the Community master plan that we chose to reinforce is the 6 meter wide green corridor that will allow for views to the Yuhang River and act as a public amenity for those working on and passing through the site. The experience will be truly unique, employees in different departments and floors will be physically and visually connected across a dynamic landscape and viewing corridor. These connections will enable employees to interact more easily in a dynamic social setting.
The building proposed seems deceptively simple, yet the inside and outside layers of the façade interact visually with one another in a complex manner. The building is envisioned as a seamless whole, where the physical presence retreats and forms a sensuous background for people, objects, activities, and landscapes. The intent is to a create a subtle synthesis across the phenomenal properties of continuous space, lightness, transparency, and materiality. The glass outer walls are both reflective and transparent depending on the time of day, angle of the sun, and weather. The design focused more on the interior user experience of moving through space, resulting in a transparent structure that blurs the boundaries between interior and exterior spaces. The connection to the environment is a high priority in both the architectural statement and in technical capacity. Scheme A proposes a highly energy efficient building with a strong emphasis on natural day lighting and ventilation, high efficiency insulation, and double glazed windows.
The signature element of Scheme A expresses functional considerations for the employees inside. Instead of two separate buildings, one continuous work area is formed by bridging across the site. Laboratories, offices, and office suites have all been joined seamlessly together in order to facilitate better communication and interaction amongst traditionally separate departments. The bridge additionally enhances the 6 meter corridor by creating a gateway at a main entrance into the research campus.
Pedestrians in the site will have open views out to the river, while those working in buildings further to the northeast will still be able to see the river over top of the bridge. An important aspect of KABC’s vision is based upon creating a continuous multi-layered pedestrian experience. It is intended to strengthen and benefit the community, which will inhabit and move through the site.
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