Frankfurt/Main and Beijing offices of KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten International take first place in mixed-use Foshan scheme
An international competition for the 170,000 sq m Sino-German High-Tech Industrial Service Platform has been won by KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten’s Frankfurt/Main and Beijing teams. The conjoined 43-storey towers will be the first in a number of new buildings for a planned business district in the south of Foshan, Guangdong and speaks to the growing focus on eco-design in China as Jurgen Engel, owner of KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten, explains: “The trend to sustainable office high-rises is continuing. Not only the current competition in Foshan but also our winning competition entry for the design of the Air China high-rise in Chengdu are evidence of this.”
This latest scheme for the international practice involves a 170m-high flexible office complex with a narrow divide between a pair of high-rise structures. The Sino-German High-Tech Industrial Service Platform has the capacity for 4,850 workspaces over 43 levels, each of which can be split into four or six sections. Each one of these smaller portions will have direct access from the elevator lobby and, if necessary, the floors can be linked to those above and below by internal staircases.
KSP Jurgen Engel Architekten’s winning concept takes the evolution of office space into account as the move towards mobile working environments becomes more widely accepted. Flexible desk space is available throughout the building alongside informal workspaces, communal areas and video conferencing facilities for those who are working remotely. This ‘hybrid workspace’ is a growing market and enables colleagues working in differing time zones or office units to communicate more easily.
As mentioned above, another key feature of this design is the integration of sustainable design. The space between the pair of towers (connected to the third floor and at various levels by sky bridges) channels air which flows past artificially moistened, horizontal fins and aids sustainability through condensation cooling. The shape of the dual tower and the direction in which it is facing reduce the build-up of heat through direct sunlight by means of the two main facades facing north and south, and the narrow sides east and west. The scaled glass skin helps minimize undesired sunlight from the east and west. The rays of sun that hit the slightly curved facades are shielded and reflected by the closed facade panels.