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.
High Technology District Commercial Hub in Zhuhai, China by 10 Design
June 7th, 2016 by Sumit Singhal
Article source: 10 Design
10 DESIGN’s (10) latest competition win is the 53,000 sqm Zhuhai High Technology District Commercial Hub in the district of East Zhuhai, China. The client, Huafa Group, proposed a brief for a development that provides rich and dynamic social, professional, and personal experience for entrepreneurs and employees who can live and work within a SOHO (small office/home office) environment. This typology of commercial development is to greatly enhance the social and economic benefits for the high tech start-ups intended to invest in this new district.
Miriam Au Yeung, Partner with 10, says, “We are thrilled to receive a second competition win so soon after winning The Core of Zhuhai City Heart in November 2015, a large scale mixed use urban rejuvenation development. Over the years, we have been very fortunate to contribute to the progressive change of Zhuhai. These include the 320m tall super high-rise Shizimen Tower in which St. Regis hotel is scheduled for opening on 30th June 2017; one of the world’s largest shopping malls, the 510,000 sqm Summer International Retail Centre, and the award winning Shizimen Infinity Loop Bridge.”
Ted Givens, Design Partner with 10, adds “The design is a fusion of iconic architecture and functional efficiency. The buildings are designed to house and incubate small start-up companies and future-proof planning allows for rapid expansion as needed. Civic rooms and gardens are placed around the site to build community and foster a culture of innovation and interaction.”
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The headquarters are designed as two pairs of split volumes of different heights and orientation, greatly maximising views to the ocean and naturally weaving open areas and public spaces throughout the development. The split volumes are connected by extended communal areas, providing extra rooftop garden and podium spaces.
The series of plazas and covered public spaces provide extra spaces for office workers to gather and interact, expanding the usable space given to users especially those who will be occupying the smaller range of office units. Covered dining areas activate spaces adjacent to the main plazas, which local residents can continue to enjoy during the weekends.
Potential tenants have a wide spectrum of unit sizes to choose from, ranging from the smallest 30 sqm unit up to the entire pair of towers, which is made easily accessible by the design of the connecting floors. This organisational strategy allows for the most flexible long term planning and serves tenants and owners starting from small start-ups to large corporations. All units have either a garden or ocean view, while those that do not directly face the ocean have access to open balconies and roof gardens that face the ocean.
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Category: Commercial Building