The design of the Park is a study of yin and yang. It is a composition contrasting formal geometry against natural free form. It is an interweaving of private and public areas.
Five adjoining circles encompass both water features and a bamboo forests. Walking paths and footbridges allow for a multitude of ways to enjoy the park. Formal geometries are integrated into the gardens and landscape forms. A pattern of open areas and densely planted areas create sub-geometries throughout the park. A curvilinear central dividing line accentuates the contrast between that which is manmade and that which is natural.
Each Podium building forms the backdrop to generous plazas fronting each glass tower. The interaction between the building forms creates unique urban experiences and promotes an identifiable image for the Peking Science Park.
The objective design goal for the Foundation Headquarters Building was to create a signature structure that would provide for a very high quality work environment. The subjective design goal was to develop an identity that speaks to the prestige of the Foundation Company and to provide an environmentally sustainable building.
The Headquarters Building stands unique within the Science Park. Occupying a full block, the tower shimmers in a large reflecting pool at its base. Given the building's slender floor plate, all occupants will be in proximity to natural light. The glass skin features operable windows and shades to provide for personal comfort. The glass skin includes an outer layer embedded with photovoltaic cells.
The objective design goal for the office towers was to create flexible work environments that allow for enjoyment of controlled natural light, fresh air ventilation, and maximization of the site's mountain and park views. The subjective design goal was to produce buildings that are transparent, confident without being arrogant, that speak forcefully, yet in hushed tones.
The tower forms are parallelograms in both plan and elevation. The skewing of the rectangular plan responds to the master plan where the towers are angled from the orthogonal street grid. This skewing allows for greater view potential from the towers. The elevations are skewed, speaking to the aspirations of Science Park, physically leaning forward towards the future. The elegant glass skins speak to an honesty and integrity of purpose.
The objective design goal for the Podium Buildings was to develop human-scaled buildings that inject life and energy into the urban fabric. The subjective design goal was to provide differentiated building forms allowing for varying expression and experience. The Podium buildings were