It is the construction project of China Cinda Asset Management Corporation for its Hefei Center under the disaster recovery mode of “three centers built in two locations”; it is located in the Binhu New District on the urban development axis of Hefei, at the intersection of Huizhou Avenue and Hangzhou Road, 3 km from Chaohu Lake. Its major functions include data center, power center, Enterprise Command Center（ECC）, the company’s call center, as well as the supporting R&D center, and life service and training center. The project covers 5.56 hectares of construction land, and the gross floor area is 139,800sqm (ca. 103,600sqm over ground).
▼项目整体鸟瞰，full view ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
▼从徽州大道鸟瞰园区，aerial view from Huizhou Road
For the design of buildings for data disaster recovery, the most challenging task for us is “how to handle the relationship between building and nature, and the one between man and nature” – the ultimate issue for architects. Based on the concept of ecologically organic construction, and complying with the traditional philosophical principles of “the rainwater of a courtyard flowing from the roofs into the yard”, getting back to basics, after nature, as well as hiding wind and gathering gas, the design attempts to focus on constructing the internal landscape environment while maximizing the integration and utilization of the external environmental resources, so as to create an ecological order that is characterized by the extreme harmony among nature, man and building for blending and symbiosis to facilitate sustainable development.
▼方案草图，scheme and sketch
The building for data, backup, and R&D and the logistics center in the base enclose a secluded and attractive landscape courtyard space by connecting two L-shaped blocks. The data server room, due to its high security requirement for operation and service, is placed on the east side of the site, which is the least disturbed zone; the R&D center and the life service & training center, where staffers are concentrated, are placed at the northwest corner and west side of the site respectively, close to the small local park to the west side.
▼研发中心近景，the R&D building ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
▼从杭州路看园区，view from Hangzhou Road ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
The central courtyard is the “green heart” of the overall building organism system, ingenious gardening approaches are introduced for the master design of the yard, to create a hierarchic, three-dimensional and open green-land landscape, incorporating well-proportioned tree arrays and water pools. Standing in the courtyard, one can easily feel the sense of depth in the set-back roof garden, as well as the multi-dimensional variation in the gray space created by the elevated corridor.
▼建筑与庭院，architecture with courtyard ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
▼庭院景观空间，the courtyard ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
In addition, the continuous interface approach is applied for the design of the side facing the city to organically integrate the building clusters, shaping the holistic atmosphere of the space. These patterns, resembling the musical rhythm, such as the opening and closing, turning and twisting, interlacing, and elevating, etc. take full consideration of the urban context and ambient landscape vein, enabling the interflow between the courtyard landscape and the urban space in the south as well as the urban green-land space in the west, in a bid to facilitate the blending and fusing, and mutual coordinating of the natural environment.
▼运维呼叫中心近景，the company’s call center ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
▼底层架空空间，elevating space ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
基地的核心——数据中心建筑处理成具有地域特点的新徽派建筑风格，以体现建筑的地域性文化传承和人文关怀；基地制高点——研发大楼向主干道方向张开的同时与远处的巢湖风景区做出呼应, 站在研发大楼十七层的空中庭院眺望, 巢湖美景尽收眼底。
The building for data center – the core of the base, takes advantage of the style of New Huizhou-style Architecture with the local geographical characteristics, so as to express the regional cultural inheritance and humanistic care in architecture; the R&D building – the commanding height of the base, responds to the scenic zone of Chaohu Lake in the distance while opening towards the artery; gazing in the sky garden on the 17th floor of the R&D building, one will be attracted by the beautiful panoramic view of the city and beyond.
▼新徽派风格的数据中心，the now Huizhou-stle data center ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
▼数据中心与ECC近景，data center and ECC ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
The combination of mild & gentle ceramic plates and simple & elegant glass curtain walls are selected as the façade materials for the buildings, so that a contrast is visible between the natural and the artificial, the traditional and the modern, and the sense and sensibility, coupling hardness with softness; glass curtain wall materials with low reflectivity are applied for the side facing the internal courtyard, in order to generate the visual effect of infinitely expanding the size of the yard by employing the specular reflection principle, further amplifying and exaggerating the natural elements and human activities, reinforcing the importance and sense of place of the courtyard.
▼陶板与玻璃幕墙，ceramic plates and glass curtain walls ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
▼外立面连续界面，continuous interface ©杨超英 Yang Chaoying
From the creative perspective of ecology, this project attempts to treat the courtyard as the source to coordinate the relationship between building and nature in order to provide a workplace for the R&D and management personnel engaged in data management and analysis, a sector involving intensive effort and high accountability, to enjoy high-quality communications, to have mutual stimulation and to activate the inspiration for R&D.
▼顶层集会空间，the meeting hall ©陈溯 Chen Shuo
▼研发中心门厅，the hall of R&D building ©陈溯 Chen Shuo
▼员工餐厅，the dining room ©陈溯 Chen Shuo
▼一层平面图，the first floor
▼二层平面图，the second floor plan
▼标准层平面图，standard floor plan
Project name: Cinda (Hefei) Disaster Recovery and Back-up Base in China
Architecture design: Wang Zhenjun, Jiang Xiaohua, Yuan Yuan, Li Da, Feng Wei, Chen Long, Yin Yu, Sun Chengwei
Location: Heifei, China
Project Period: Design 2012 ; Construction 2013-2106;
Images: WZJ Studio
Institute: China Electronics Engineering Design Institute
Constuction Design Partner：S. Y. Technology , Engineering & Construction Co. LTD
Chinese & English text: CEEDI