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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.

West Taihu International Business Plaza in Jiangsu Province, China by LAB Architecture Studio

 
March 26th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: LAB Architecture Studio

This competition winning design proposal for a new city government office complex in Xitaihu New Town incorporates a 5 star hotel with full conference and meeting capability together with a range of restaurant and support facilities. The dynamic shape provides a unique, sculptural form as one approaches the building. Located on a corner site, the faceted planes of the building shift their formal relationships when seen from different vantage points. The “rock crystal” is purposely asymmetrical in its formal massing, with faceted planes bevelled to differing orientations.

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

  • Architects: LAB Architecture Studio with SIADR
  • Project: West Taihu International Business Plaza
  • Location: Jiangsu Province, China
  • Photography: John Gollings, Ryuji Miya, Borong Chen
  • Client: Council of Jiangsu Wujin District Economic Development Zone
  • Site area: 12,249m2
  • Gross floor area: 27,295m2
  • Type: government office building + hotel
  • Project Leader: Donald Bates, Andy Wang
  • Design Architect: Peter Davidson
  • Design Team: Dean Boothroyd, Farshad Mehdizad, Oliver Hunt, Sam Kashuk, Eugyeene Teh, Tim, Fowler, Chris Chan, Kourosh Akbarza, Wynne Lim, Irene Yang, Hiker Gong, Shayne Lacy, Nick Cao, Lai Chin, Ada Ou, Ken Huang, Hummer Zheng, Nicolas Pratt, Liu Enfang (SIADR), Xiahan Kangkai (SIADR)
  • Documentation: SIADR

Image Courtesy © Borong Chen

The dramatic form of the building is part of the project’s integrated sustainable design, generated to create a self-shading form which, in conjunction with the horizontal sun shading and variable facade panel system, significantly reduces the facades peak heat loading, allowing for a significant reduction in plant and services.

Image Courtesy © Borong Chen

The green building approach is enhanced by the use of a displacement air conditioning system, providing supply air to all office spaces through a raised floor that also allows future flexibility for changes in layout and building cabling. This building is designed to achieve a 2 star Chinese green star energy rating (equivalent to Australian 5 star).

Image Courtesy © Ryuji Miya

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © John Gollings

Image Courtesy © Ryuji Miya

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

Image Courtesy © LAB Architecture Studio

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