Located in Huainan city, Anhui province in China, this project mainly is a head quarter for the park that is going to be built.
The building’s consists of 2 architectural parts connected by a flowing bridge on the 2nd floor :
– West part – a 5 storied office building with a height of 23.1 m, total area 5500 sqm.
– East part – a 2 storied exhibition center with a height of 18.45 m, total area 2800 sqm.
– A public square with an area of 780 sqm and an underground parking space with an area of 3200 sqm , through which people can find access to both building parts.
The project is located in the far east to the industrial park which faces the south of ShunGeng mountain and takes a tunnel to get access to the center of the city.
The idea of the building’s massing and spaces comes from the melting ice cubes.Ice cubes tend to create a soft connection between each other as they melt down. This concept starts with normal boxes through which architects get integrated and fluent spaces by disassemble and reconnect those boxes with curved surfaces. This kind of space organization brings the building much more complexity and diversity.
Architects took the cladding gaps as part of the designing elements while they confronted with the cladding division problem, same to the massing, concept for the cladding also came from ice cubes.Ice cubs present an edge-to-center color gradient due to the refraction happened as light beam comes through. Edges always seem darker and more solid than it appears in the center. Architects tried to get the same effect by controlling the gaps’ distance and density, following expansion images are the final result for claddings.
In order to create a gray-tuned gradient pattern, there are 3 different sizes of panels padding to each surface; panels with size 2 will be randomly put between panel 1 and panel 3 in order to create a smooth transition.Panel 1, 2, 3 will be used for facade surfaces wile panel 2, 3, 4 will be used for curved surfaces; hence there will be 4 panel sizes in total.The building is mainly consists of 11 facade surfaces and 14 curved surfaces that will be covered by cladding.2 of these curved surfaces will be double curvature surfaces while 12 of them were optimized to single curved surfaces in order to make cladding division and manufacturing easier to go.
B1: parking, staff restraunt and mech rooms
1F: exhibition and sales center
2F: offices, meeting rooms and muti-functional rooms
3F: offices, meeting rooms and archive rooms
4F: offices, meeting rooms
5F: guest rooms
Treated as an extension of the building, paving that surround the architecture is designed to embrace the connection part of the building where cladding tries to touch the ground, standing in front of the building, people will find cladding pattern gradiently change in to paving pattern, which makes the building and landscape a integrated whole.
The 2 parts of the building use individual structure system connected by a bridge on the 2nd floor. Both parts of the building use steel structure. The maximum cantilevered part length is 20 meters, where there are enhanced bracing and steel beams for those cantilevers at the end of each part.