Bio-Pharmaceutical Enterprise Accelerator, Shenzhen
How did we design a biotech-campus in one of China’s fastest growing cities?
In the southern Chinese city of Shenzhen, a new center for China’s young biotechnology and start-up scene is taking shape. The region is undergoing massive change: Internationally, China is no longer perceived as solely a manufacturing nation but is instead becoming increasingly established as a hotbed of ideas for the high-tech industry.
Our design for Bio-Pharmaceutical Enterprises reflects the new Chinese typology of a research campus and innovation center. Unlike the European and American campus, it is arranged vertically and is strongly condensed in spatial terms. By way of contrast to the multi-story structures, we have also planned park-like open spaces. The spacious layout and greenery of the park offers public meeting places away from the office and is an integral element of our design. With the terraces incorporated into the buildings, we give expression to the notion of remaining connected to nature everywhere – even if it’s just through the view out of the window.
The three striking high-rises with heights of 100, 154 and 200 meters are aligned towards the city. The lower, amorphously shaped buildings face the park. The staggering of the buildings enables us to make a flowing transition between the towers on the north edge of the site, which rise up to 200 meters, the medium high-rise buildings and the open, park-like space.