GDS Architects shares eco-friendly design for Jinshui Science and Technology Park
The rise in Science Parks has taken a steeper turn in the last few years with designs released for a plethora of complex and highly innovative campuses around the world dedicated to complex research into advances in the fields of science and technology. This week, architecture studio GDS Architects shared their concept for the Jinshui Science and Technology Park in Zhengzhou with WAN. The design draws on elements of existing science parks but also looks to successful mixed-use urban developments such as Marina Bay in Singapore and the Melbourne Docklands for inspiration.
Sustainability lies at the heart of the Jinshui Science and Technology Park. Designed with a Zero Carbon footprint, the concept clusters buildings in small groups of common use with shared facilities such as external gardens, lounges and drop-off points. The towers are to sport double skin facades with Low-E glass and internal horizontal sunshades for efficient ventilation. This reduces the Park’s dependency on air conditioning units and therefore lowers running costs on an annual basis while enabling large quantities of natural light to penetrate deep into the interior spaces.
In total the plan includes: 184,753 sq m of office space in nine 13-storey towers; a 22,930 sq m office podium; seven 11-storey residential towers totalling 117,090 sq m; a 22-storey, 25,240 sq m hotel structure; a 16,414 sq m retail centre; and 311,581 sq m of below ground parking for 8,118 cars. Key to the success of the park, state GDS, is that activity continues throughout both the day and night, hence the full mixed-use concept despite the primary use as a Science and Technology Park.
Each of the buildings are due to have integrated photovoltaic panels on the roof and walls with GDS referring to Google’s latest scheme in Mountain View by NBBJ where the entire roof has been designed with photovoltaics capable of creating enough energy to power 2,900 Chinese households for one year. The GDS-designed scheme would be larger in scale than the Google Mountain View project.