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.
HNA BLUE OCEAN OFFICE PARK in Wuhan, China by Draftarch
March 20th, 2015 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: Draftarch
A mixed office/park programme was provided in the design brief and has been interpreted in the design as the key for the organisation of the whole area. The main public pedestrian street linking all public services and retail businesses from the area is a linear path connected to the YOHO district. The office park buildings consist of an HNA corporate office building and a series of commercial buildings, namely a large court, two smaller courts and five linear blocks.
The masterplan creates a relationship between the district’s main entrance and the emblematic HNA building, a court which is open on the side overlooking the street, thereby creating a dynamic relationship with the entrance and the YOHO square across the street. The building is made of a consistent, dark, louvred block with open corners, where empty spaces create pedestrian and visual connections with the context. The façade is designed according to a rhythmic pattern formed by vertical louvres and a balanced composition of large glazed openings that are visually related to the context.
The large court, north of the HNA building, is a low-density office environment closely connected with the main street by a long, linear façade marked by misaligned openings. At the same time, on the lower floors, the court is open towards south and north, where the main entrances to the inner square can be found.
The central linear path is further enhanced by two smaller court buildings. On the first two floors, these buildings are cut and open towards the central path, thus creating a wide public space at the centre of the office park that leads inside the two buildings. On the ground floor they feature retail stores that animate the central square.
On the perimeter of the entire area, linear office blocks are designed as a visual invitation on the south side, which overlooks the city, and to close the northern border, which leads to a logistic area. The design of the buildings is characterised by simple geometry interrupted by a series of dynamic openings on the eastern façade, and by a directional roof structure that emphasises the diversity of the views from the offices on the upper floors.