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  5. NADAAA
  6. 2012
  7. Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space

Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space
Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space, Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

One of ARCHITECT Magazine's six winners of a 2015 Progressive Architects Award (P/A), NADAAA and Himma Studio's Ordos 20 + 10 reflects a reconfiguration of the office typology for compact spaces. 

The project is part of a high density office park masterplan in Ordos City, located in Inner Mongolia, in which developments are subject to stringent zoning regulations. Offices included in the area must be comprised of multiple cubic volumes, and lack what NADAAA and Himma Studio describe as "an immediate urban context." Learn more about the project and the architects' response to these considerations after the break.

Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

Ordos 20 + 10 employs a series of rotated cuboid forms whose interiors provide ample office and work spaces. Five cubes are arranged on the 12 000m2 site, with offices in each of these bordering a central service core. An exterior facade of a volcanic stone rain screen and structural glazing lend the complex a contemporary aesthetic, while landscaping of the proximal outdoor areas retains a distinctly human scale. NADAAA and Himma Studios applied a "masonry logic" to their use of the masonry panels, whose appearance evokes a variation of the conventional office building "windows stacked on windows".

Facade Detail
Facade Detail

The buildings are linked by a "long and interior promenade that enables both vertical and lateral layout customization for office tenants." Conscious of the demand for flexible and innovative office real estate, the interior space features an open plan that accommodates a variety of office arrangements.

Courtesy of NADAAA
Courtesy of NADAAA

Outdoor spaces are reserved for multiple pedestrian and vehicular approaches, and a larger central space used as a means to "[orient] the assembly of cubic buildings." A unifying element between the cubic volumes are "sliced corners," which produce alternate effects of entrances, archways, atria, and cantilevers.

The project's triple-glazed windows are designed to respond to the extreme temperatures of the site, and stormwater catchment facilities will be installed on site. Water retained in these facilities will be channelled to a reflecting pool proximal to the structure, designed to humidify the courtyard during dry summers and provide an evaporative cooling effect. 

Sustainability Section
Sustainability Section
  • Architects

  • Location

    Dongsheng, Ordos, Inner Mongolia, China
  • Principles in Charge

    Nader Tehrani, Katie Faulkner (NADAAA), Hailim Suh (Himma Studio
  • Project Coordinators

    Tom Beresford, Remon Alberts, Arthur Chang (NADAAA), Cyrus Dochow (Himma Studio
  • Design Team

    Dan Gallagher, Tim Clark, Sarah Hirschman, Sina Mesdaghi, Li Huang, Andrew Manto, Jonathan Palazzolo, Tim Wong, Joanna Rafael, Caitlin Scott, Ryan Murphy (NADAAA)
  • Local Design Institute

    China Construction Design International (CCDI)
  • Structural, Mechanical, Electrical, and Plumbing Engineers

    China Construction Design International (CCDI)
  • Area

    120000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012

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Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address. Cite: Patricia Arcilla. "Cubic Buildings by NADAAA and Himma Studio Redefine the Office Space" 01 Mar 2015. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/604131/cubic-buildings-by-nadaaa-and-himma-studio-redefine-the-office-space/> ISSN 0719-8884