The 25,000 sq m laboratory provides space for controlled and simulated indoor environments, mimicking indoor office environments and residential living spaces to conduct innovative human-centred research. The goal is to improve the impact that indoor environments have on human health, wellness, comfort, and performance.
In order to create an open, reconfigurable layout, both escape stairs are placed at the northern side of the building. These building elements, together with a canopy and rotatable rooftop laboratory, are designed as individual elements and together express a ‘plug-in’ massing concept.
The lift is discreetly hidden, as Superimpose opposed to the idea of having it as the main vehicle for vertical circulation. Instead, the otherwise dark and hidden escape staircases become the red iconic highlight of the building promoting physical exercise and social interaction.
The building’s façade was designed as a cassette system to allow for adaptability whilst maintaining a strong and recognizable architectural feature that fits into Shunyi’s industrial context. Internal blinds, external blinds, and electrochromic glass are integrated within these features. The entrance canopy offers shelter and provides an entrance gesture. It directly connects to the outdoor staircase whilst allowing for daylight to the ground floor.
On the rooftop, there is a fully rotatable laboratory for comprehensive sunlight related research, together with a rooftop farm to promote nourishment and a sense of participation.