CHIATAI Qingchunbao Production and R&D Headquarters is located in Moganshan High-Tech Industrial Development Zone of Huzhou. The first phase is the existing production park, while the second phase is the planned comprehensive park, which includes two production workshops for oral liquid and injection, and a new headquarters R&D office building, which should be completed and put into use in early and mid-2022, respectively.
Under the tight construction period, the owner still put forward higher quality requirements for the second phase construction. Considering the aesthetics of form and the concept of later operation, we are entrusted to redesign the overall planning and design of the second phase production workshop and the corporate R&D headquarters.
Different from the traditional production and R&D headquarters, how to ensure the respective land needs of the front landscape, the production workshop and the R&D office building in the limited reserved land? How to integrate a large number of commuting vehicles, canteen, exhibition, conference, research and development, office and other complex functions in the R&D office building, while creating a diversified space to stimulate employee communication and cooperation? How to coordinate the existing style of the first phase and create a new corporate image at the same time? are the three issues that the owners and we are most concerned about, and are the breakthrough points for the design. How can future industrial parks and corporate headquarters be integrated? These questions triggered our continuous thinking in the design process.
The project land is rectangular with four sides. The north side is the existing phase I park, and the south side is the new Phase II park. In the original planning scheme, due to the functional differentiation between production and R&D, workshop A and workshop B and the R&D office building were separated from each other, showing a completely separated state. The limited space reserved for R&D offices will inevitably lead to a high-rise building with a small footprint. Although there is an open central axis landscape in the middle, it is inaccessible by the production workshops and R&D office staff.
On the premise of not changing the standard process plane of the workshop, we shifted workshop B to form an "L-shaped" complex with workshop A, which intensified the flow line of the logistics and created more sufficient "L-shaped" land for the new R&D office building. The two formed a double "L-shaped" semi-enclosed layout.
The R&D office building uses a pyramid-like standard level that decreases level by level, transients to the main entrance square landscape, achieves the ecological terraced multi-level roof terrace within the limited construction land, and the relatively open entrance front yard.
We connect the production workshop with the R&D office building with an eye-catching veranda, which is convenient for the production workers to come out of the closed workshop and come to the R&D office building for rest and meals. It is also convenient for the R&D office staff to walk into the first-line workshop to observe and practice. The accessible shared public space promotes the collision and communication with each other.
At the same time, this veranda continues to the entrance of the park: Every morning, workers on the front-line production floor and research administrators in the R&D office building can check in, clock in, and meet in the same lobby.
The R&D office building itself uses a "sandwich" three-story zoning concept: The ground floor is the noisy garage and sports activity room, the top floor is the quiet research and development and office space, and the middle is transitioned by the public activity space of staff such as conference, exhibition hall, canteen and small theater. Through multiple vertical transportation bodies, all levels of space can be effectively and conveniently reached.
The R&D office space on the flat floor facilitates the exchange and communication of internal employees. At noon, one floor down is the canteen for lunch and the atrium for lunch break. In the evening, one more floor down is the parking space where you came from. You can empty yourself in the car or hurry back to your warm home.
Due to the shallow surface rock layer of the site, the cost of digging basement is high and the construction period is affected, so the design solves the parking demand of more than 300 cars in daily commute through the overhead layer at the bottom. The overhead garage converges step by step with the form of the ground floor, effectively controlling the three-dimensional parking above the second floor and reducing the number of ramps.
The only car ramp is set on the outside of the building, which is half open, so that cars can discharge the exhaust gas better, so that drivers have a more comfortable experience. The ramp also breaks the thick and long facade of the building and conforms to the folded facade, so that the internal space has better breathing and lighting, and the external form is more coordinated.
Similarly, because the R&D office building itself has a lot of overhead floors, terraces, inner courtyards and inner courtyards, we no longer use a bold orange color, but a mild warm wood color to match the large white façade. These wooden colors mainly appear in the overhead layer of the ground floor and the terrace, the accessible indoor activity space, and also the warm corridor of the car shop, just like the "sandwich" layer! Form and function are also unified.
The facade style of the original first phase of the park is relatively traditional, with a combination of gray and white walls, while the second phase is dominated by white walls. The form is also similar to that of the new second-phase workshop. Due to the needs of logistics and production technology, the window-wall ratio is very low, and the first-phase workshop and the second-phase workshop need to be connected across the corridor of the municipal road. We start with the street scene and the entrance scene: The facade of the new workshop in the second phase adopts the same white texture paint as the first phase workshop, and the corridor on this side adopts ultra-white glass.
On the basis of overall coordination, Phase II AB workshop adopts simple and modern vertical "stripe code" type long windows, and the R&D office building adopts more simple and modern white aluminum lattice windows that better match the form modulus. At the same time, we will extend the corridor of the first phase and second phase to the R&D office building. This corridor uses bright orange perforated panels that represent youth and vitality, like dancing ribbons in series.
Looking at the whole high-tech industrial development zone, most of the industrial park facades are gray or light gray, including the original white facade of Qingchunbao Phase I, which has also become gray under the construction boom of the development zone.
But for a pharmaceutical company, we firmly believe that the skin of the new headquarters should be white and self-clean, just like the clean dust-free workshop inside. To this end, we set the location and size of drops strictly according to each sink water surface to avoid dust flow hanging, and drip lines dominate the decorative lines. At the same time, we also reserve convenient conditions for subsequent cleaning in some places that are easy to accumulate dust.
For the garage facade on the ground floor, we used vertical continuous white drawing board. Its smooth "fish scale" texture itself has a certain self-cleaning property, while meeting the natural lighting and ventilation needs of the garage, glowing in the shadow of the whirling trees in the street.
In order to facilitate the owner's procurement and unified installation, we extend the white drawing board outside the garage to the roof terrace, the equipment unit on the decorative roof, and shade the gray space on the top floor from the sun and wind and rain. Due to the angle control of sheet drawing, it forms the effect of external solid and internal penetration.
At the beginning of 2022, the newly built production workshop of the second phase has been running continuously. Today, the R&D office building has also been delivered, with only the inner atrium and part of the terrace landscape still unfinished. Influenced by the new park in Phase II, the owner renovated the facade and entrance box of the original phase I opposite to Phase II with the style of Phase II, so as to be revitalized together with the unfinished landscape.
It is gratifying that after several return visits, in the development zone of freight cars, facing the renovation site of the first phase, the white skin of the second phase is still self-clean as before.
The integration of architecture and environment, industrial park and corporate headquarters, is a design practice. The integration of work and life, producers and researchers, is a social experiment that will be tested by time. Let human beings have health and youth, is the eternal pursuit of "Qingchunbao" people and let the building be healthy with life is our eternal pursuit of design.