The groundbreaking ceremony in Baiyun New Town, Guangzhou, China last week marks the construction commencement of the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza. The advanced mixed-use campus with 167,000 square meters consists of technologically intelligent and sustainable buildings. Attentive watchers of the scene soon notice that the elegant and curved forms originate from the designer Zaha Hadid Architects. With a prospective date of completion in the second quarter of 2020, the construction period does not even take four years.
“24 years ago, Infinitus started its business in Baiyun District of Guangzhou. And now, Infinitus embarks on its new journey here again,” said Mr. Harry Yeung, Senior Vice President of LKKHPG. “Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza reflects Infinitus’ commitment to the future, as well as our spirit of inventiveness and innovation, offering our customers and employees a dynamic new environment that will also drive the economic growth of the Baiyun District and the surrounding areas.”
Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza offers a uge lushy green roof terrace
It seems obvious that the designer aimed to put the well-being factor into the foreground. Central atria and courtyards organize inclusive social activities and informal communication across the departments. The ample green space provides a good positive Bio-top ratio. Insulated glazing systems maximize natural light within the interior. At the same time, it enables to reduce the energy consumption substantially. Aluminum perforated screens prevent employees from direct solar heat gain. Rainwater collection makes possible to use natural resources. Developed with active digital intelligence, the screens’ sensors monitor weather, energy-use and lighting to further reduce energy consumption.
A new global center for research and development, a new headquarter of Infinitus China, a Chinese herbal medicine research and safety assessment center or a gallery are examples for facilities located in Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza. The eight storeys project reminds visitors of the symbol for infinity “∞” and is located next to the Feixiang Gongyuan station on Line 2 of the local metro network. About US$659 million are planned for the project.
Satoshi Ohashi, Zaha Hadid Architects Director, China said: “Zaha Hadid developed the design of Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza with concepts of integration, connectivity and fluidity. This groundbreaking ceremony continues her renowned legacy. LKKHPG has a vision for nurturing better health and wellbeing through their work and important community programs. Zaha translated this vision to create a new workplace environment and corporate culture that fosters openness and communication. The design connects with the city and implements the latest technological solutions and construction methods to create a functional, adaptable and enjoyable workplace.”