NanFang University Technology Park and B1 Tower Building / Saltans Architects

NanFang University Technology Park and B1 Tower Building / Saltans Architects

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev+ 33

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

Text description provided by the architects. Located in Shenzhen’s booming NanShan Dashahe Innovation Corridor, NanFang University Technology Park provides an enhanced environment and platform for technology innovation and discovery. Bordering the new campus of Shenzhen University, the 628,000 m² project includes IT incubator space, an R&D office, medical device development and entrepreneurship services on a 15.2 hectare site . Architecture and planning strategies foster enhanced environments for technology innovation and discovery, creating incubators and educational platforms for entrepreneurs, researchers, and start-ups.

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

The architectural design approach recognizes nature as an invaluable resource, a repository of knowledge and a source of inspiration. The underlying design is a realization that more often, new science and technology endeavors seek inspiration and answers directly from nature. The urban design strategy preserves the site’s natural features, including an ancient burial mound hill and an existing military border, while introducing a central landscaped public realm. The integrated design strategy respects the existing natural topography of the site and is organized within the framework of a city – composed of various programmatic “districts” framing a central green space. Four main “districts” are composed of the following elements and directly reflect their specific programmatic functions:

Master plan
Master plan

‘Inspiration District’ – Entrepreneurship Incubator Center
‘District of Investigation’ – Medical Instruments and Meters
‘Knowledge District’ – Service Center for Entrepreneurship and District
‘Realization District’ – Outsourcing Services

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

The neighborhoods are programmatically and architecturally distinct, but share a dedicated landscape space or “town” center – the central organizational and social element of the technology park. Architecturally, the areas and buildings respond to site influences and feature unique massing solutions that surround the central landscape, shape outdoor space and define specific neighborhoods. Design innovation included careful attention to site design that minimized alteration of natural features and working with site topography to establish construction area elevations minimizing excavation for underground parking.

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

Advanced technology buildings are carefully designed to provide a variety of spatial typologies that can meet multiple functional needs and requirements. From building typologies featuring central atriums to high-rise office buildings, the architectural approach takes advantage of distinctive form and geometry to open corridors of view into the site and respond to external site influences.

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

Combinations of active and passive environmental design strategies are incorporated, resulting in lower operating costs, energy savings and material conservation. The design presents unique and highly flexible architectural planning solutions that meet the demanding criteria of functional use and programmatic adaptability required for today’s innovative work environments. The technology park is envisioned as a dynamic city – the “city of discovery, opportunity and rewards”.

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

Tower B1. Zone B functions as the center of entrepreneurship incubator and is symbolically considered the “district of inspiration”, encouraging discovery and innovation for IT professionals, scientists, entrepreneurs and visionaries . It includes buildings and spaces that fulfill the purpose of integrating R&D, manufacturing and education platforms. The B1 Tower is an expressive architectural structure, considered the “Tower of Inspiration”, and occupies a central position within the Technology Park. It serves as a focal point that visually defines a site axis extending from the highest point of the burial mound hill, extending to the eastern tip of the site.

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

The tower design solution responds to site and functional influences, creating a distinct skyline profile and development focal point. A beautifully sculpted tower form responds directly to the urban context, and its geometry responds harmoniously to the surrounding buildings. While the architecture responds to context, the tower shape and floor plan are derived from the goal of providing the highest quality workspace. A highly efficient floor plan seamlessly integrates unique office environment amenities and advantageous view opportunities.

Plan
Plan
B1 tower building sections
B1 tower building sections

Architecturally, combinations of active and passive environmental design strategies are incorporated, resulting in lower operating costs, energy savings and material conservation. The design presents highly flexible scheduling solutions that meet the demanding criteria of functional usability and programmatic adaptability required for today’s innovative work environments. The elegantly curvy tower shape rises 110 meters, serving as the focal point of the technology park and an iconic visual “marker” of the area.

© Guanhong Chen - ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev
© Guanhong Chen – ACF Vision, Ivo Semerdzhiev

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