Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island by NBBJ + Jiangsu Provincial Architectural Design & Research Institute

Fostering innovation, collaboration and creativity

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A Singapore investor developed the Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island Exhibition Center to unite aspirations of innovation, collaboration, and creativity. The building provides a community gathering space and incubator for environmental and technology companies.

▼项目及其周边概览,overview of the project and its surroundings © Terrence Zhang

▼项目鸟瞰,aerial view © Terrence Zhang


In an area of China with notoriously hot and humid summers, accommodating both density and sustainability can be challenging. In addition to housing the exhibition center program, the client required all office space to be located on two large floorplates while maximizing the FAR of the 24,000 square meter site.

▼从广场看向会展中心,view from the square to exhibition center © Terrence Zhang


The long horizontal roofline with deep overhangs also provides passive cooling by shading the entire exhibition center from direct solar heat gain. High-performance glazing further minimizes energy loads. The building received a Chinese 2-star low-carbon rating, and the client reports that energy usage is 30% lower than conventional buildings of the same size.

▼带有较深悬垂的水平长屋顶,the long horizontal roofline with deep overhangs © Terrence Zhang

▼从屋顶向下延伸的悬垂就像一口光井,the overhang from the roof is like a well of light © Paul Dingman

▼细部,details © Terrence Zhang

通过整合一系列可持续性设计和建筑性能策略,会展中心成为了南京乃至整个地区可持续发展的典范。借助计算机和物理模型,团队成功打造出带八个 “强力聚光灯”的创意顶棚。大量的光照研究帮助确定了最佳的内部形状,并将光线引入建筑深处。这样一来,所有用户都能获得足够自然光照,人工光源的使用量也将减少30%。

The Exhibition Center serves as a model of sustainability for Nanjing and the region by uniting a range of sustainable design and building performance strategies. Computer and physical modeling shaped the innovative peaked roofline defined by eight “light cannons.” Numerous light studies helped determine the optimal internal shape to bring light deep into the building, ensuring all occupants access to daylight and reducing artificial light usage by 30%.

▼大厅,the lobby © Terrence Zhang


Performance was one strong driver—another was celebrating Chinese culture and respecting the ancient architectural lessons of the region: buildings anchored low to the earth, with floating, almost hovering roofs, and buildings that seek geometrical symmetry, balance, and order in a reverence for harmony.

▼该项目借鉴了当地传统建筑经验,the project draws on the local experience of traditional architecture © Paul Dingman


Referencing the Zhon and Stone Mountains, the Nanjing Eco Hi-Tech Island is positioned to be Nanjing’s center for the development and practice of high-tech innovation, and an ecological destination and resource for citizens and tourists.

▼夜景鸟瞰,aerial view at night © Terrence Zhang

▼各层平面,plan of each floor © NBBJ

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