Wanxiang Innova City is envisioned as the world’s most advanced Smart City, composed of an industrial engine, a research hub connector, and a landmark mixed-use urban center. The first construction of this bold vision is roughly 4.4 million square feet of laboratory factory space that begins the transformation of east Hangzhou into a global symbol for social, economic, and environmental prosperity while remaining anchored in its roots.
Conceived as an efficient laboratory factory module that can be deployed in several configurations, the design harnesses local climate to optimized energy use and human comfort. Nestled into lush gardens and shaded by a breathable, positive energy photovoltaic shell, the buildings maximize daylight and views. Combined, the three photovoltaic shell structures and on-site energy storage system allow for a full laboratory factory module to be powered entirely by on-site renewables. A centralized exhibition hall connects the public entry plaza with the central, sunken garden and celebrates the plan for the new city as well as the innovative products being designed and built on campus. Programmed space for health and wellness reinforces a commitment to recruitment and retention of employees.
The energy footprint of these massive structures is minimized by utilizing a gradient approach to planning, where the amount of energy needed at the building’s center is reduced through layered passive techniques. Designed to promote passive air flow, the rounded form dramatically reduces stagnant air zones and vortices, increasing outdoor comfort while simultaneously lowering mechanical systems energy demand.
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