Zhangjiang, as a new industrial highlight of Shanghai, is accelerating the development of key industries such as integrated circuits, artificial intelligence, aerospace, and smart vehicles as part of its '2+2+X' industrial matrix while simultaneously actively making inroads into emerging industries as represented by health and wellness and quantum technology, aiming to put in place an ecosystem for synergistic innovations that features greater efficiency.
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Located in the Heqing Industrial Park and as the 'Eastern Gateway' of Zhangjiang Science City, the Zhangjiang Medical Devices Industrial Park is also in the midst of transformations and upgrading. The park focuses on cutting-edge innovations in medical devices R&D and production, contributing to the ongoing advancement of the 'Healthy China' initiative.
Situated at the core of Zhangjiang Eastern Medical Devices Base, this industrial parks focuses on R&D, experiments and production, while also supplemented by supporting facilities such as convenience stores to align with higher-level planning.
Built across different historical periods, the buildings in medical industrial parks in Zhangjiang and surrounding areas are universally monotonous and unimpressively indistinguishable. Throughout the period when they have been used, large amounts of pipelines creeped up the walls, creating a mixture of plain facades of industrial buildings, crisscrossed by the giant entanglement of pipelines and wires.
To create the next-generation industrial buildings, the project team embarked on thorough preliminary market research from the very early stage, including defining corresponding floor plans and individual building capacities in line with industrial requirements. Simultaneously, efforts were made to enhance the architectural expressiveness of the park to make it characteristic of growth.
Eco-friendly Park: instead of mere factories and vehicle lanes, the park incorporates a central space with more shared environmental elements, representing a eco-friendly multi-functional medical devices industrial park.
Distinctive Style: the architectural facades have departed from universally industrial enclosures while embracing a brand-new style that considers energy efficiency, sustainability, industrialization, and aesthetics.
Professional Layout: the floor plan has been professionally laid out to meet medical devices companies’ needs for gas emissions pathways, floor load capacity and the spatial needs for experiments and production.
The project is composed of two separate land parcels. However, we didn’t design them separately. Instead, while adhering to their respective planning requirements, we positioned unit headquarters within the control lines while making them surround a shared central garden.
Considering the landing sequence of eyesights, the park features a cascading architectural height from west to east, in line with the sequence of regional planning. On the western side of the park, a 9-story tower serves as a core landmark, while the eastern side gradually descends. Buildings on the north and south sides echo each other. The central area, coupled with landscaping, combines functionality and aesthetics. The western area houses an arrival space for exhibition halls, while the eastern side incorporates sunken courtyards for public spaces like dining and fitness areas, providing comprehensive, well-structured, and efficient services.
The park, in alignment with the overall parcel layout and the urban road system, features three main vehicular entrances and exits. The primary entrance is situated in the middle of the southern side, along Ruiqing Road. For everyday access, there are two more entrances leading respectively to Huiqing Road on the west and Hengqing Road on the east. The main internal thoroughfare creates a smooth circular flow with connections to all three entrances, not only ensuring the circulation of public pathways but also maintaining the park's overall integrity.
At the southwestern and southeastern corners of the park, open garden spaces are positioned to align with pedestrian access routes. These spaces also serve as pedestrian entrance plazas, effectively separating pedestrian and vehicular flows. Near the vehicular entrances on the eastern and western sides, entrances and exits to the underground parking space have been designed. Freight trucks can access the underground area through these points. Adjacent to the core service elevators in the underground section of each building, unloading platforms are positioned to maintain the quality and safety of above-ground spaces while meeting freight transportation needs. Employee vehicles can also directly enter and exit the parking space, offering convenience and efficiency.
The parcel features a central landscape enclosed by six factory buildings, offering expansive landscape vistas. The six factory buildings are divided into three levels with standard floor areas of 1200/1700/1900 square meters respectively, catering to the usage needs of companies of varying scales.
Adopting a steel structure system, the factory buildings feature a rear-positioned core to create a fluid and flexible floor plan layout, accommodating the diverse usage needs of different companies. Furthermore, steel structure systems also minimize the proportion of structural area as much as possible.
To improve on the current chaotic layout of pipelines due to insufficient considerations by medical devices parks in early days, a professional one-floor-one-shaft system was adopted to provide dedicated pathways for each company, avoiding confusion and unwanted shared spaces. Steel structure platforms were placed on the roof to correspond to the locations of roof-mounted fans. Additionally, floor load was increased for some floors, and designated positions for dedicated air conditioning equipment rooms were reserved. In summary, the overarching design principle was to tailor design to the specific needs of users.
The encircling façade features harmony of solidness and ethereality, a departure from the traditional monotonous and uninspiring industrial building forms. Daylighting, shading, and ventilation apertures are integrated into one unit, creating a rhythmic façade pattern that allows for modular industrial design styles. The building emphasizes block textures. After multiple adjustments and trials with a professional factory, a uniquely embossed aluminum panel texture was developed for the project. This has resulted in a rhythmic façade design accentuated by distinctive lines.
The façade employs the technique of folded panels, combining glass surfaces with solid surfaces to introduce more natural light while effectively blocking western sunlight for energy efficiency. The design of concealed opening windows, combined with window sills, also avoids compromising the integrity of the façade when opening. In terms of outer form, the use of setback layers separates textured and flat blocks vertically, creating a nested composition with a stepped appearance.
Following higher-level planning, a green corridor is positioned in the middle of the parcel to establish a landscape focal point within the site. Open parks at the southeastern and southwestern corners connect urban spaces with the park's landscape. This results in an open urban space system that integrates single structures with linear layout which fits nicely into the overall urban planes, forming a complete green space network.
The central landscape is comprised of landscape-style architectural structures, plazas, and sunken courtyards. This arrangement not only enriches the park's communal gathering spaces but also effectively mitigates visual interference between adjacent factory buildings. The layout employs a surrounding architectural arrangement encircling the central landscape, ensuring that each building enjoys an unobstructed view of the landscape.
The entire project, built upon the industrial DNA rooted in the park, establishes an open headquarters layout that caters to diverse industrial usage needs. Simultaneously, it imbues industrial architecture with a fresh urban and humanistic attribute, shaping a new industrial landmark at the northern gateway of Zhangjiang.