This project is not a typical case of design that follows the task book. What is special about it is that during the design process, through continuous communication and interaction with the owner, we changed the client's original idea and task book. In the end, we helped our client redefine the function of the building and successfully established a product promotion center facing the future for a 130-hectare high-tech park.
Baoding is located on the edge of the Xiong'an New District, which is becoming a new central area for economic and industrial development in North China. However, the reality contradicting the government's ambition is that the construction of new industrial parks means that the urbanization of suburban land needs to retain and attract more talents and enterprises. Especially in the initial stage of all emerging industrial parks, it is very difficult to attract investment and promote products to the market.
At the beginning, we were commissioned to design an exhibition center for the high-tech park in Baoding. As the design developed, however, we re-evaluated the commission – instead of designing a single-function building, we proposed a Product Promotion and Business Center with flexible modular units that can accommodate the ever-changing needs in the future.
The Promotion Center layouts are rectangular in the perimeter and round in the center to maximize the use of interior space and integrate public and private domain in an intricate way. The first and second levels provide open exhibition space for different uses. Another exhibition space, which is a 360-degree ring-shape that is lifted peacefully 9 meters above ground, provides maximum flexibility for a wide range of product exhibition; it also features a panoramic viewing platform for tourists and local residents. This project will also play various important roles as the campus evolves. As the campus is in its initial period, the center functions as an urban planning exhibition pavilion and an investment platform for different enterprises. In the near future, it will become an exhibition venue for the settled enterprises, a product showroom, a press conference hall, and a civic cultural center that amalgamates with the park around.
As the first building ever built in the high-tech park, the Future Promotion Center expresses unique form to the investors and users with a welcoming gesture. The lifting open exhibition space, the round corners, and the shiny metal surface – all harmonizing with its surrounding urban context- make itself an outstanding sculpture within the campus. As night falls, another delightful feature presents: a dynamic light show unfolds on its 8 meters floor-to-ceiling glass curtain wall, marking the pavilion not only a functional exhibiting venue but also an unexpectedly important piece itself in the high-tech park.
85% of the components of the entire building, including steel structure frame, floor slabs, curtain walls and most furniture, are prefabricated in the factory and assembled on site to minimize the impact of construction on the surrounding environment. The building uses local natural geothermal heat in winter to reduce carbon emissions. 70% of the building cladding is composed of coated aluminum honeycomb panels, which is a nanotechnology with a self-cleaning surface coating. It can maintain high cleanliness for a long time in sandstorms and in the heavy air polluted environment in northern China, without the need of water for cleaning.