Changchun Nanxi Zhirong Entrepreneurial Park
Nanxi Zhirong Entrepreneurial Park is located in the south of Changchun, using a triangular plot of about 4.5 hectares on the east side of Yiwu Road.
A series of high-rise buildings basically facing the city center are rising up along Yiwu Road, whereas multi-storey office buildings are making up the bigger part of the park-like plot. A third, L-shaped building standing apart, is planned as future 5 star hotel of an international brand.
According to the master plan which creates an inner space programmed as office “park”, an overall architectural concept of “rigid outside and soft inside” has been proposed, added by a second concept of “simple outside, delicate inside, overall bright”.
The main requirements for façade planning and open space planning were: Maximizing the office area while creating high-quality spaces to attract different sizes of tenant companies, as well as creating high quality and car-free commercial areas in the center.
Two types of tower buildings can be found: a pair of tower buildings about 80m high, and three high-rises of 68m height. The lower multi-storey volumes in the east and south of the plot, 22m high, are orderly arranged in height, all surrounding a central garden, which will form the highlight of the settlement.
The total construction of nearly 163,000 m² has been realized in several steps, the construction works are finished by the end of 2023.
The high commercial value of the plot have defined the strategy and inspired the open space master plan and especially the façade design.
The comb-like composition of the high rise buildings in the north-west creates a well-shaped courtyard in its center, seeking the connection to the outside with generously designed spaces in-between the buildings. The open space concept achieves atmosphere and scale for both employees and visitors to linger in the area and to maximize the commercial value.
Facade & open space design
The careful subdivision of the volumes in horizontal direction, as well as the emphasis on vertical lines let the high-rise buildings appear slimmer and improve their proportions.
Horizontal lines are used for the facades of the multi-storey buildings along the central park to improve affinity with natural landscapes, to visually reduce the dimension of the buildings and to contrast with the height of the high-rise buildings. The elegant and pleasant volumes are aiming at creating a high-end, humanized office environment.
Main design motif has been the break-down and downscaling of the massive program into a series of distinct but interrelated volumes with a main people-oriented public square in-between.
Additional, building-linked entrance squares create a dynamic spatial composition.
The lower levels contain canteens and restaurants, meeting facilities, logistics and call center, retail etc. All the lobbies are facing the main road. The inner courtyard is kept car-free, with separate underground car entrances for the high-risers and the multi-storey buildings. The office spaces themselves were designed as open for future modifications with flexible partitions, the façade concept respects and enhances the concept of inner flexibility.
The entire design is based on proportion, stability and containment, suitable for the North of China and for a city that is obviously marked by industrial production and by a western impacted urban structure.
Readable and articulated architecture and material selection which carry a desire for dignity were strategic to achieve this goal.
Light Grey Stone (Granite), copper, brown and white aluminum and glass are the major surface materials, withstanding the harsh climate and aging with certain dignity.