International design practice Latitude Studio has been commissioned to design a 117,500 sq m Research and Design Center in Hebei Province, China, encompassing studios, office space, workshops, factories, logistics and residential units. Led by Manuel Navarro and Lihui Sim, the team has completed concept designs for the scheme and has shared the following description with WAN.
“In large industry structures, the construction of the industrial building is based on logistic, distribution and volumetric requirements determined by the production. It is one of the few building types whose value is measured more in terms of equipment assets than how it performs as social infrastructure.
“Nowadays, the global competition has made the industrial building necessary to mark a visible difference from the competition. And since communication become much more important than in the past when it comes to show the success or failure of a certain consumer commodity, the places and methods of production have become part of the circuit of the quality perceived by the users, thus contributing to orient the choices of the consumers.
“In this sense, the development of a research and design center in YuTian County, the province of Hebei, China, brings the issues of the corporate philosophy, contributes to creativity, the respect for the workers and their working and living conditions, the safeguard of the environment and the consumption of energy and thus of resources.
“11 different shapes and facades buildings create a complex where users can design and create furniture surrounded by an urban garden. This open space will have different areas densities: from a pure forest, to bicycle lines, water canals and garden follies for entertainments facilities.”