Nanning Buildings, Wuxiang Headquarters, Guangxi Zhuang Province Design
Nanning Wuxiang Headquarters : Building
Guangxi Zhuang Building, Southern China – design by Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
26 Mar 2012
Nanning Wuxiang HQ
Architect: Swanke Hayden Connell Architects
Location: Nanning, Guangxi Zhuang Province, Southern China
SWANKE HAYDEN CONNELL ARCHITECTS UNVEILS DESIGNS FOR NANNING WUXIANG HEADQUARTERS PROJECT IN CHINA
International architecture practice, Swanke Hayden Connell Architects has unveiled their scheme designs for the 139,000 sqm Nanning Wuxiang Headquarters paid competition project in Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Province in Southern China.
The project consists of a two tower, mixed-use office, residential and retail scheme commissioned by Nanning Wuxiang New Zone Construction & Investments.
Steve Brown of Swanke Hayden Connell, said: “The concept for the Nanning Wuxiang Headquarters Project is based around the idea of expressing Nanning’s “Water City-Garden City” theme in an architectural form.
“As a starting point, the tower forms are oriented primarily in the East-West direction to help minimize solar heat gain, mitigate the effect of having a long tower as well as allow for outdoor public spaces on site,” he added.
The tower incorporates three landscaped void spaces which exemplify the Garden City and act as vertical references for the public garden to the west of the site. The exterior cladding of this tower includes green panels, which further emphasize the Garden City theme.
Lower levels of the apartment-style office tower contain a retail shopping and entertainment centre, as well as two entrances for the apartment-style offices.
The layout for the retail floors provides a good circulation loop as well as visible opportunities for anchor tenants. The ground floor shops in most cases are double fronted, with entrances from both within the mall and from the street. Opportunities are provided for double height shops and terrace spaces for restaurants.
The apartment-style office entrance on the south side features a vehicular drop-off point while the one at the east side of the building is intended for pedestrians, although it too could potentially be converted into a vehicular drop-off.
At the north portion of the site is situated the 100 metre office tower.
The tower columns meet the ground level in a pool of water that surrounds the majority of the ground floor perimeter. This water is seen as a source of good fortune for the commercial tenants within this building.
The tower incorporates design elements, which help to mitigate the effects of the harsh summer.
The floor plan of the tower is 2000 sqm per floor and designed for efficient office layouts, with a 12.5 m and 13 m lease depths. The main entrance and vehicular drop-off are located on the west side of the building.
The site also contains a large terraced courtyard space and a central water feature. This courtyard is not only to be an amenity for the two buildings on this site, but also for the future development to the north and may be accessed easily from three sides of the site.
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