OMA’s design for Unicorn Island in Chengdu, China, has been selected as a winning entry in an international design competition. The ambitious design competition, initiated by the Chengdu Government, has the potential to become a symbol of China’s changing economy.
Unicorn Island is an innovative masterplan specifically designed for New Economy companies, which are a key driver of China’s economic transition from a production oriented to a knowledge and service based economy. The masterplan contains a wide repertoire of working and living conditions and is specifically designed for both start-up tech companies and established Unicorn companies (companies with a value of 1B USD).
▼设计概念，design concept ©OMA
Developed to function as creative incubator, the island is organized into three rings. At the heart of the project is the Living Lab, an ‘Innovation Engine’ for the companies, which is also open to visitors to experience the otherwise invisible world of the New Economy. Branching out from this core is the weave zone, a village-like development which houses a mix of different office types, a residential program and amenities providing a creative environment with generous opportunities for informal encounters. The perimeter of the island is formed by the headquarters of the Unicorn companies, the ultimate state of a tech company. Their headquarters can blossom at the outer circle of the weave along the waterfront.
▼独角兽岛被分为三环，the island is organized into three rings ©OMA
▼平面规划示意，masterplan diagram ©OMA
▼不同类型的建筑将提供大量交流机会，various types of towers offer generous opportunities for informal encounters ©OMA
The project further develops OMA’s recent work which challenges the workspace of the digital industry, such as the design for the new Axel Springer HQ in Berlin.
在该项目中，OMA与交通顾问MIC以及气候工程公司Transsolar进行了合作。领导设计的是OMA亚洲合伙人及总监Chris van Duijn。
OMA collaborated on this project with traffic consultants MIC and climate engineers Transsolar. The design was led by OMA’s Partner & Director of OMA Asia, Chris van Duijn.
▼剖透视图，sectional perspective ©OMA