While in Shenzhen 深圳 last week, MovingCities – along with Ole Bouman [director NAi] – paid a visit to Steven Holl’s Vanke Center. We were there last December to attend the opening of the “URBANISMS Steven Holl + Li Hu: 4 Projects in China“-exhibit [see previous post]. This time around no images of models and masses, instead, snapshots from the inside.
A lot been written about the Horizontal Skyscraper, pieces oftentimes centered around the fact that the building is as long as the Empire State Building is tall. For an interesting overview of all of Steven Holl’s buildings in China “Getting the Lay of the Land” [Architectural Record, Jan’10] is a must-read, while “Green, not Grand” [China Daily, Dec’09] brings the project in relation to the wave of LEED-accredited architectures that is engulfing China. The last one has following about the interior design of the VANKE Center:
The design for the Vanke Headquarters takes care to use renewable and recyclable materials. All the doors, floors and furniture are made from bamboo, which is easily available in the area and quickly renewable, and the carpets throughout the building are made from completely recycled material. Special windows are designed to keep the building cool by blocking solar heat while still allowing plenty of sunlight, lowering the cost of air conditioning.
Pictures by movingcities.org
thanks Zhu Jianping | 朱建平 [chief architect of China Vanke Co | 万科] for showing us around
Vanke Center, No.33 Huanmei Road, Dameisha, Yantian District [Dapeng Bay] Shenzhen.
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