The master plan of Hangmei International Smart Town is to build a “Town with Heart” with the power to attract and retain talents, based on which, the place can evolve into a modern science and technology town of enduring development. The planned “Hearts of the Town” in the project shows infinite vitality. Blocks, 80 meters square, are dotted in both “Old Town” and “New Town”. With crosswalks of comfortable sizes, low-density blocks and courtyards and squares rich in details, it will be an ideal place for talents in science and technology to pursue their career. Lying at its Northeast corner is the demo zone which has been launched into the market prior to the rest of the town. The demo zone consists of two parts—the Block Zone composed of New Town office building, Old Town office buildings and Art Center, and “College”, a section encompassing a Sales Center and an Information Display Center.
▼丰富的庭院和广场空间构成了科技人才心中的理想之城，low-density blocks and courtyards and squares rich in details offers an ideal place for talents in science and technology
“新城”办公楼|“New Town” office building
“New Town” office building is tailored to the needs of the 1st batch of enterprises moving into the town. The main office areas are on the south side. In the middle part of south facade, balconies, one at each floor, are arranged in the shape of a ladder, which looks like “the Lane in the Air”, and they offer communication spaces for workers. Vertical grilles used can give people a sense of rhythm, and this kind of spatial and artistic conception is the marked characteristic of oriental architecture.
▼“新城”办公楼外观，“New Town” office building exterior view
▼“新城”办公楼立面，“New Town” office facade
The North side features service office space. Facades here are typically built of fair-faced concrete. Natural joints formed from concrete pouring and visible joints, from which one can get the storey height, give the façade more details. With reasonable spatial dimensions, plain building materials and carefully-designed details, the New Town office building is designed to meet the users’ requirements for working environment and other aspects.
▼“新城”办公楼北侧体量，The North side of “New Town” office
“老城”办公楼|“Old Town” office building
“Old Town” office buildings, made mainly of facing bricks with textures similar to those of shale bricks, look plain but convey solemnity, and this kind of feels is what traditional Chinese culture highlights. With sloping roofs processed in an abstract way, these buildings combine modern architectural styles with traditional Chinese culture.
▼“老城”办公楼外观， “Old Town” office exterior view
To let more light in, glass French windows are main elements of the ground floor, and on this floor, public commercial services are delivered. Bricks are the major building materials for floors from the 2nd to the 4th. People can directly get the layout of the whole building from its façade where solid and void intermingle.
▼“老城”办公楼立面，“Old Town” office facade
In order to make the Block Zone’s space more diversified, the Art Center is elevated above the ground which is accessible via stairs. By doing so, a semi-open space supported by columns is formed, and with the ground floor below the earth’s surface, this space is used as a semi-exterior playground. It diversifies the space structures, enriching people’s feels. People can do some outdoor activities here. This makes the Block Zone full of vitality.
▼“老城”办公楼立面方窗，rectangular windows of “Old Town” office
艺术中心|the Art Center
In order to make the Block Zone’s space more diversified, the Art Center is elevated above the ground which is accessible via stairs. By doing so, a semi-open space supported by columns is formed, and with the ground floor below the earth’s surface, this space has been used as a semi-exterior playground.
▼艺术中心周边街区，Blocks around the Art Center
▼艺术中心外观，the Art Center exterior view
Fair-faced concrete is used as the main building materials for the 1st floor of the Art Center. The 2nd and 3rd storeys, enclosed with sheets of expanded metal, look afloat from the ground. The 2nd floor, mainly used for exhibition and presentation, is shaped as a hollow square and around a courtyard through which it can get natural lights. With a balcony, the 2nd floor allows for semi-outer exhibitions, and it is the best place for visitors to exchange views on exhibitions and to feel the changing between lights and shadows of the courtyard. On the 3rd floor, there are office rooms and book stores. Its overall layout is the same as the 2nd floor. The courtyard not only enlarges its daylighting area but also facilitate ventilation.
▼金属扩张网的围合使“漂浮”于地面之上的体量变得轻盈，expanded metal mesh gives a sense of lightness
The central axis of the semi-exterior playground passes through the Art Center’s main entrance gate. The space under the stairs and the adjoining west part form a service area. With courtyard façade made out of fair-faced concrete, along with fair-faced concrete stairs and columns, the main entrance gate and courtyard look concise and powerful in the style.
▼下沉广场中轴线对应艺术中心主入口大台阶，The central axis of the semi-exterior playground passes through the Art Center’s main entrance gate
▼入口下沉广场和柱阵，semi-exterior playground and columns
▼清水混凝土天井，courtyard façade made out of fair-faced concrete
“College” consists of a Sales Center and an Information Display Center where a picture of how people in Smart Town work and live can be got. In traditional Chinese culture, “College” is the place for writing books, putting forward ideas and theories and teaching. From the perspective of the modern culture, the place represents a smart town where thoughts and creative ideas are pooled to advance the development of science and technology. Visitors can walk through courtyards and blocks formed by the multi-storeyed buildings to see the exhibitions while exchanging their views, feeling the elegance and comfort the space offers.
信息展示中心|Information Display Center
▼信息展示中心，Information Display Center
▼信息展示中心入口，entrance of Information Display Center
Information Display Center takes the shape of giving a hug, gazing over the river at the Sales Center. The 1st floor focuses on daylighting, and the 2nd floor is covered with lightweight metal meshes, parts of which can be opened. With holes to get daylight, the façade shows colorful details and changes, giving a stereoscopic and layering impression.
▼金属网在立面上的细节与变化，lightweight metal meshes shows colorful details and changes
Sales Center is divided into two parts respectively for exhibition and office work, and the two parts are linked through a South-North corridor. Made of lightweight white and transparent glass, the exhibition area, with the waterscape serving as a foil, exudes tranquility and purity. Contrasting to the exhibition area, the office area highlights the perception of solidity.
▼展示区建筑体量以轻盈的白色玻璃和透明玻璃塑造，the exhibition area made of lightweight white and transparent glass
▼首层平面图，ground floor plan
▼标准层平面图，standard floor plan
Client: Zhengzhou Hangmei Sci-tech Park Development Co., Ltd. (Literal Translation)
Location: Henan’s Xinzheng
Planning/Architect Design: BDCL Design International
Design Team: Scott, Kim, Tim, Kevin, ZHANG Wei, LI Shuqing, JIANG Nan, BAI Qinpeng, WEI Tingting, HU Jiangying, SUN Na, GAO Yang, ZHANG Hong and WU Bolun
Site area: 21,000 square meters
Gross floor area: 21200 square meters
Design period: April 2015 – May 2016
Construction period: Dec. 2015 – Oct. 2017
Photographer: XIAO Kaixiong