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China Southern Power Grid Green Campus Offices / von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp)

  • 21:00 - 16 August, 2019
  • Curated by Paula Pintos
China Southern Power Grid Green Campus Offices / von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp)
China Southern Power Grid Green Campus Offices  / von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp), © Christian Gahl
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  • 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
  • Partner Practice China

    Guangzhou Design Institute
  • Landscape Design

    Rehwaldt Landscape Architects
  • Structural Design

    schlaich bergermann and partners
  • Energy concept

    Happold Ingenieurbüro GmbH
  • Lighting Design

    Schlotfeld Lichtdesign
  • Client

    CSG China Southern Power Grid Co. Ltd
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Text description provided by the architects. 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. 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.

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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 Luogang 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.

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The appearance of the multi-layered facades is dominated by the light-colored, vertical granite 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 envelope 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.

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Ground floor plan
Ground floor plan
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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 slightly 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- ed by a glass roof and forms an entrance hall. 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. 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.

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Cite: "China Southern Power Grid Green Campus Offices / von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects (gmp)" 16 Aug 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/923061/china-southern-power-grid-green-campus-offices-von-gerkan-marg-and-partners-architects-gmp/> ISSN 0719-8884
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