Zhangjiang Semiconductor Research Park, Phase II is an important component of the Zhangjiang High-tech Park.
Located in the heart of Shanghai, the park attracts top-notch technology and research companies and has established Shanghai as a world leader in technology. MulvannyG2 Architecture designed phase II as a complementary 118-acre addition to the existing park, creating one of the largest high-tech parks in the world.
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The design concept was to create a technology research and development park that reflected the culture, environment, and amenities of five international communities: Seattle, Florence, Munich, New York’s Central Park, and Shanghai, itself, while maintaining a clear focus on supporting a high-tech environment. The architectural style of each area is indicative of the culture and architecture of the city being represented. A rich palette of textures and diverse materials native to each area adds visual interest. The architecture incorporates ecological friendly elements to create a healthy and warm feeling.
MulvannyG2 Architecture conceived the master plan for the Zhangjiang Semiconductor Research Park with specific attention to site development phasing. In the design scheme, the site along both sides of the Zhangdong Road was divided into two distinct parcels: one parcel would contain three of the distinct communities and the second parcel would house the other two. The Zhangdong Road intersects the site and is the connector that links all five communities.
Design of the clustered communities maximized views of the Lu Jia Bang River from all sides. The master plan for the international communities is predicated on a modular arrangement that can be easily redesigned to accommodate changing market conditions and demands. At the entrance to the site, there is a mega-scale public activities center. The open landscape, the magnificent landmark tower, as well as the grand water features, form an exciting, welcoming atmosphere. Fifty-seven acres of public space are incorporated throughout the project.
Inside the complex, the five communities are designed with different density and environments. The composition of architecture, the unique layout of each community, the use of water features, and a rich palette of textures and diverse materials native to each area adds visual interest.
Instead of building another crowded man-made office environment, the design creates a comfortable garden style green office environment. To achieve the complex design of the buildings, multi-pattern building modules of differing sizes were used. These basic modules are highly flexible, but retain their integrity regardless of configuration. More than 80 buildings are arranged in three different sizes -- big, medium and small -- giving the tenants the highest flexibility in terms of usage.
To achieve the distinct architecture of each themed community, the modules were used in various combinations. Carefully chosen materials and details combined to reach the perfect harmony of architecture, nature, and human scale.
Project Detail and Credits:
Client name: Shanghai Zhangjiang Semiconductor Park Development Co., Ltd.
Design Architect: MulvannyG2 Architecture
Local project architect: ECADI, Shanghai (East China Architectural Design & Research Institute)
Structure/Mechanical/Electric Engineer: ECADI
Project construction costs: $451.35/ m² (3,500 RMB/m²)
Completed: October 2006
Photos © Sheng Zhonghai