Green campus for China Southern Power Grid

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid, Guangzhou Building, Chinese Head Office

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid

Chinese Energy Buildings Development – design by gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners

18 July 2019

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

Design: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners

Energy landscape

Location: Guangzhou, China

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid

Embedded in a landscape of wooded hills, the head office of the second largest Chinese power network operator has been created in the southern Chinese metropolis of Guangzhou.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

Photos © Christian Gahl

The campus, which has been designed by the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp), places the architecture at the heart of nature: the buildings—some of which feature an atrium—have been developed to LEED sustainability standard and create a sequence of landscaped plazas and atriums, which are linked via bridges and footpaths.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

In addition to achieving LEED NC Gold certification for the main and conference buildings, the new campus of CSG China Southern Power Grid was awarded first prize in the category of Excellent Engineering Design 2018 in Guangzhou. The project is located in the Huangpu district and is part of Guangzhou Science City. The eight buildings are spread out along the elongated plot at the foot of the Zhu Mountain. All buildings have been developed on the basis of a square footprint. The clearly discernible and unifying conceptual design of the buildings consists of a solid plinth, a transparent joint, and the building volumes themselves that seem to be floating above.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

The appearance of the multi-layered facades is dominated by the lightcolored, vertical gran-ite uprights. They form the conceptual leitmotif, combining several stories into one unit, and—on account of their depth—also function as solar shading. Behind the uprights, the curtain wall provides the thermal enve-lope which, with its anthracite-colored construction, creates a contrast to the light-colored natural stone. The choice of materials is continued in the interior, creating a flowing transition from the outside into the buildings and between the different functions on the campus.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

The main access to the campus leads from Kexiang Road in the south via ramps and a large flight of steps to the largest of the atrium buildings. Owing to its slighly set-back position, a large forecourt is created in front of the main building. Reflective water features guide people to the inner courtyard, half of which is protected by a glass roof and forms an entrance hall.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

To the west, with direct access from Xianshan Road, lies the conference center, which accommodates an auditorium with 600 seats and additional exhibition and events facilities. The building opposite serves as the central archive for all of the company’s institutions located in Guangzhou. Two further atrium buildings to the east of the main building accommodate offices and research and logistics facilities.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid in Guangzhou

Together with the canteen building at the slope, they form the central area of the precinct, which features a number of courtyards sunk into the ground. To the east the campus features sports facilities and an apartment building for members of staff and visiting guests.

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid, Guangzhou Building

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid – Building Information

Competition: 2011—1st prize
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Nicolas Pomränke
Competition project manager: Simon Schetter
Competition design team: He Xiao Hua, Xu Ji, Helene Käschel, Qin Wei ,Thilo Zehme, Zhang Xuan
Detail design project manager: Jens Förster
Detail design team: Jan Peter Deml, Gai Xudong, Bernd Gotthard, He Xiao Hua, Helene Käschel, Lian Kian, Andreas Maue, Pan Xin, Katja Pötzsch, Simon Schetter, Kristin Schoyerer, Qin Wei, Xu Ji, Ye Keke, Thilo Zehme

Green campus for China Southern Power Grid, Guangzhou Building

Partner practice in China: Guangzhou Design Institute, Guangzhou
Landscape design: Rehwaldt Landscape Architects, Dresden
Structural design: schlaich bergermann and partners, Stuttgart
Energy concept: Happold Ingenieurbüro GmbH, Berlin
Lighting design: Schlotfeld Lichtdesign, Berlin
Client: CSG China Southern Power Grid Co. Ltd
Site area: 180,694 m²
GFA: 356,670 m²
Construction period: 2011–2016

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Location: Guangzhou, China




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