The first images have now been released of a simple but elegant new office block in Chengdu, Sichuan Province, China. Conceptualised by the Beijing studio of Make Architects (founded by Ken Shuttleworth), Pinnacle One is an eco-friendly addition to the burgeoning business district, widely recognised as one of the primary financial hubs in China.
Partner and Lead Architect of Make’s Beijing studio, John Puttick explains: “The concept behind the design is to create a refined, streamlined building that enhances the Chengdu skyline and minimises environmental impact in an intelligent way.”
Make Architects made their name in the UK designing highly efficient buildings with an energy-conscious edge. This design ethic has been transferred across to their Beijing studio with Pinnacle One targeting LEED ND Stage 2 Gold and Chinese Green Building Evaluation Label 2-Star as part of the wider Daci Temple Cultural and Commercial Complex.
Puttick furthers: “The building has been finely crafted to the requirements of its occupants and to improve the public realm for the city. At Make, we approach each project with a priority always given to the environment and local communities.”
To achieve these goals, the building’s high performance façade is to be constructed using 70% insulated panels with glazing positioned to provide maximum natural light in office spaces and lobbies while preventing excessive solar gain. The core has been moved to the edge of the building, enabling maximum flexibility of space and ensuring that the office areas are shaded from the hot south and west sun.
Designed for Sino-Ocean Land and Swire Properties the building is now under construction. The sleek glass and aluminium exterior is to be anchored by a corrugated stainless steel canopy 130m in length and a series of 30m-high atriums with glass roofs. Externally, an area with sunken gardens and newly-planted foliage will contribute to the existing streetscape of Chengdu.