CAS Life Park is located in Jiangmen, China, an important node city in the western part of the Pearl River Delta. The project covers a gross floor area of 648,000 square meters. It serves as a global platform for R&D, science, technology, innovation, and events in biotechnology, molecular diagnostics, and heavy industry.
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Global Future Design Awards 2021
CAS Life Park
Office Building Concept
David Wei, Gong Yu, Shao Danjun, Yang Jinfeng, Xu Jiawen, Fang Chengxuan, Zhu Runzi, Liu Zhiqiang, Qian Ping, WANG Youwei, Fan Yingjie
Based on the vision of creating an ” ecological health smart valley”, the architect uses “green terraces” as an inspiration to reflect the geographical and cultural features of Lingnan and strives to highlight the concept of green design, communication, innovation and efficiency in the project.
From a bird’s eye view, the first-phase architectural complex constructed by scientific research buildings, expert apartments, living centers, and catering centers are like “green terraces” with step-back structure. The landscape extends from the ground to the roof, which outlines the geographical features of Lingnan and also creates a good ventilation for the park community.
Qilou(arcade houses), a symbol of traditional local architecture in Guangzhou, is introduced into the planning through contemporary interpretation of spaces, which reflects the architect’s respect of the cultural inheritance and then enriches the quality of the public space in the park.
The terraces of different sizes and public plaza provide social life spaces for enterprises of molecular biology science and their scientists to live and work with creativity.
The architect provides high-quality workplace for the enterprises and scientific and technological innovation personnel by integrating the scientific resources and elements and improving support services to meet their working and living needs. Different functional spaces, such as that of product development, science and technology communication, leisure and entertainment, life and health center, are designed to meet the needs of work, display, negotiation, catering and rest, etc.
The design of a modern science park is supposed to have the inner quality of “openness” and the people-oriented value.
With no fence around the park, the architect uses a neat, simple modern language to outline the buildings in a solemn way. The chamfered corners smartly make the building complex and the city coexist harmoniously.
The smooth “terrace” lines break the rigid “square box” pattern of traditional science parks.
When people enter the park crisscrossed by pedestrian walkways, they will feel like being in a city park that integrates meetings, events and even entertainment.
The diverse spaces for R&D, living and communication created by the architect are in line with the current urban development concept of “city-industry integration” and also pave the way for a future community that attracts global talents.
In the park, the sunken plaza inspired by Relativity, a print by Dutch graphic artist M. C. Escher and the rooftop terraces through most of the buildings, as well as the Chinese and Western spaces of dining, fitness and entertainment around them, meet various needs of scientists from the East and West.
Buildings connected by landscape corridor are easily accessible even in bad weather, which enhances efficiency and health while promoting the development of the industrial system.
The architect’s philosophy is subtraction for the site and addition for the city, namely:
Considering the environmental sustainability, separation of pedestrians and vehicles, introduction of nature into the interior, diverse communication spaces and human scale, the architect strives for perfection to achieve the richness and diversity of life in the park, and uses a pure and unified facade to integrate into the larger urban image.
With social, economic and environmental benefits as the benchmark, the overall planning includes green ecosystem, public space and mix of functional spaces as three main features in the design to retain the sustainable development of the park and thus create a world-class green valley of biomolecular technology in the Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Greater Bay Area.
In addition to considering the coordination between the buildings and the surrounding environment and maximizing the use of natural resources such as light and wind energy, the architect also strictly follows the British BREEAM green rating system and China’s 3-star green building standards, and uses high-level design and construction quality to fulfill the park’s commitment to sustainable development which provides a healthy and green “micro-city” for the scientific and creative people who will come to work and live here.
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