Futian Science & Technology Plaza
- Urbanus Architecture & Design
The two design proposals for the Futian Science & Technology Plaza made over a period of three years have shown URBANUS’ deepened understanding of the built forms in contemporary cities.
The second plan puts forward queries and reflections on the transformation of urban spaces brought about by the typical large building complexes popular in China today. A typical project features tower buildings built on a large podium. On one hand, tower buildings maximize land value and landscape resources, while asserting symbolic significance and civic pride. On the other hand, with large public lobbies, multifunctional and business space, podiums fix high-rise towers tightly to the base, perpetuating the stereotypical “stable solemn building”. However, the tower-podium building type tends to isolate buildings from their surroundings. The podium’s occupation of the base blocks people from moving freely with urban space.
In this large-scale complex consisting of business, hotel, and apartment buildings (as designed in the second plan), the tower building and two podium buildings are not separated like typical complexes. Instead, they form an integrated and consistent whole. The podium is raised into the air, serving as public space linking the three tower buildings. It functions not only as an open platform, but also as a huge container housing all its public facilities. The whole building complex is a virtual landscape, with steep peaks, deep valleys, and stalactite formations. The ground around the plaza is set free again; grasslands, groves, and space for different activities are scattered here and there so that human movement is no longer blocked. Urban figure-ground is transformed from the two-dimensional to the three-dimensional, and landscape potential is maximized. The urban dweller’s dream to live a pastoral life is, thus, materialized through this artificial landscape.
Project Name: Futian Science & Technology Plaza
Client: Jindi Real Estate
Architect: URBANUS Architecture & Design, Inc
Project Designer: Meng, Yan
Project Team: Li, Da; Zhang Zhen; Tu Jiang; Huang Zhiyi; Yang Qili; Mathias Wolff; Zuolei; Xiao Miao; Peng Yuxin; Rao Enchen; Wang,Yanfeng
Structure and Material: Reinforced Concrete, Glass, steel
Floor Area: 217.000 sqm
Design Period: 2003/2006