Office, Shenzhen, China
Main Use: Office
Site Area: 40,894 sqm
Bldg. Area: 11,216 sqm
GFA: 22,433 sqm
word campus in Latin translates as field or plane. The Campus Office is
a two storey transparent building that engages within the field on the
peripheral of the financial center of Shenzhen, China. The Campus Office
is grounded in its place with a 110m x 110m footprint; encompassing a
total net covered floor area of 11,200 sqm and a total green area of
As opposed to carving a site for the office in a field, proposing a
singular iconic six storey building with a central core, the project
takes on the approach to consider the office building as an integral
part of the field that hovers over the ground. By splitting the core and
providing courtyard insertions at equal spacing throughout the floor
plate, the two levels are functionally and visually connected.
With its loosely defined building boundaries, the curvature of the
facades facilitates divergent activities between the build form and the
surrounding landscape. Physically expanding the linear meterage of the
glazed area, maximizing visibility and allowing for more innovative use
of space in which the continuous curved outline offers intermediate
zones of intimate spaces between the inside and the outside of the
building. Its vast landscaped area, reminiscent of a park allows the
employees and the public to socialize and enjoy lunch on the grass, play
sports, contemplate or work quietly in shaded areas with natural
sunlight filtered through tree leaves.
building is highly functional, yet it opens to different perceptions,
interpretations and use. It is a hybrid of transparency and privacy,
implying a contemporary notion of adaptability and conviction that
exists within commercial environment. The flexible multi-use work space
engages with the changing seasons throughout the year, reflecting the
inner dynamism of the Campus Office.
The interior consists of one large space with nine circular courtyards
at every 20 meters, allowing natural light and air to penetrate deep
into the floor plates. From within the building, horizontal and oblique
views through the double height courtyard spaces allow for animated
visual connections, thus creating dynamic exchange between departments
and different levels.
Plan - furniture and teams layout option (left), Plan - tree typologies (right)
The open floor plan allows for flexible space planning and extensible
arrangement, which encourages more interdisciplinary contact as well as
between individuals of different hierarchies. A space without wall,
screen, corridor and vertical separation provides flexibility for
configuring varies team sizes and efficiency across collaborative
working practices; its transparency can spur conversations and increase
synergies and creativity between teams.
The trajectory of the path is guided by environmental graphic design,
with topography which acts as a navigation system along a grid reference
similar to a grid street plan in modern cities. The design plans for
serendipity to happen naturally in which incidental encounters in the
workplace may lead to new insights or collaborations as part of a
creative, transparent and communicative work environment.
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