Zaha Hadid Architects has unveiled the design of the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza in Baiyun New Town, Guangzhou, China, coinciding with the project’s groundbreaking ceremony. The 167,000 square meter complex will consist of two building footprints, connected in the air through twin green-roofed skybridges to create a vertical campus for LKK Health Products Group (LKKHPG) and the Infinitus health products brand.
Employing ZHA’s trademark flowing forms, the building design follows the concept of the infinite, arranged as a series of endless rings that enhance connectivity and following the form of the symbol for infinity “∞”.
Within the complex, different departments and program pieces, including a new global center for R&D, a Chinese herbal medicine research and safety assessment center, an exhibition center and a gallery, have been arranged around four central atria and courtyards to encourage interaction between employees. On the roof, walking and jogging paths weave between gardens of Chinese herbal plants, providing a place of respite for employees.
“Zaha Hadid developed the design of Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza with concepts of integration, connectivity and fluidity. This groundbreaking ceremony continues her renowned legacy,” said Satoshi Ohashi, Zaha Hadid Architects Director, China.
“LKKHPG has a vision for nurturing better health and wellbeing through their work and important community programs. Zaha translated this vision to create a new workplace environment and corporate culture that fosters openness and communication. The design connects with the city and implements the latest technological solutions and construction methods to create a functional, adaptable and enjoyable workplace."
The building utilizes a “unitised insulated glazing system” to maximize available natural light while also reducing energy loss through the facade. Over the glazed wall, perforated aluminum screens serve as a rainscreen to protect from direct solar heat gain, as well as allow for rainwater collection. The screens have been developed with digital intelligence to include sensors that allow the building to adapt based on weather and energy-use, allowing for further reduction of energy consumption.
Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza is planned to become a new gateway into the new Baiyun Central Business District, which will include 6 communities developed surrounding the former Baiyun Airport. Running between the two building footprints is Line 2 of the Guangzhou’s Metro, ensuring the site will be connected to the rest of the city.
The project cost is expected to reach 4.5 billion RMB (approximately $659 million USD). Construction is slated for completion in Spring 2020.
News via Zaha Hadid Architects.