Architects: schmidt hammer lassen architects
Location: Ningbo, Zhejiang, China
Local Partner Architect: NADI (Ningbo Architecture Design Institute)
Landscape Architect: GND Group
Local Partner Landscape Architect: NUCI (Ningbo Urban Construction Design Institute)
Client: Ningbo Labour Union, City of Ningbo
Area: 104000.0 sqm
Photographs: schmidt hammer lassen architects
“We have designed the Home of Staff as a series of stepped building volumes that are linked by a landscape that rises from a central public park to become a series of accessible green roof terraces”, explains Morten Schmidt, founding partner at schmidt hammer lassen architects. “The volumes, which from the air appear like a pixelated image, rise up at each end and form two individual buildings that are connected by a sunken walkway and a series of park pavilions.”
Sited on the edge of a new ecological wetland area in Ningbo’s New East Town, the 100,000 square meter hub will house an array of functions. A three-screen cinema, 1,200-seat performing arts venue, exhibition hall, public library and Union Staff arts club will all be complemented by retail, office, training, and learning facilities. In addition to this, an aquatic centre with Olympic-size pool and large-scale wave pool, a full-size basketball court with spectator seating, two indoor tennis courts, 10 badminton courts, a fully equipped gymnasium and table tennis centre will also be available for public and private use.
The Home of Staff is expected to be completed towards the end of 2016. This is the third project designed by schmidt hammer lassen architects in the city of Ningbo, one of which includes the practice’s recent commission of the 30,000 square metre New Ningbo Library.
Source: schmidt hammer lassen architects
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