Taizhou Z Center

Taizhou, China

Taizhou Z Center ©2013 Li Yao
Taizhou Z Center ©2013 Li Yao

From the point of view of the site selection in the central business district, the heart of a city usually means highly intensive development of blocks, and the surrounding greenbelts and transportation system outline an increasingly clear boundary for it. In the face of the project land that integrates office and commercial needs, our design expected to break the solidified paradigm of closed parks, and create a lively and cordial interface for the bustling crowds based on the roots of the city.

鸟瞰夜景 ©2013 Li Yao
Aerial view at night ©2013 Li Yao
Partial close-up ©2013 Li Yao
Partial close-up ©2013 Li Yao

Aggregate | Layout Strategy of Implanting A Square

The location of the base in the Jiaojiang Cluster of Taizhou City is really exciting. The square block on the corner of the street has a close dialogue with the neighboring administrative, cultural and business districts. The endless traffic flow of Shifu Avenue to the south further highlights the positioning of the Z Center as the city’s name card. Taizhou Z Center and the super high-rise center and shopping center in diagonal form a convenient pedestrian flow path across the base. With this hidden oblique axis, the L-shaped main building, the Nanyang Science and Technology Building on the west and the residential slabs of Yulan Plaza on the north naturally enclose to form a public and open city square. The plane stretches open, returning the inner space to the city.

Oblique Axis Crossing ©2021 gad
Oblique Axis Crossing ©2021 gad
Night view along the street ©2021 Li Yao
Night view along the street ©2021 Li Yao

The design for the full layout of the ground floor business and even the independent business building not only takes into account the popularity of the CBD from all directions, which has certain demands for service carriers such as catering and shopping; but also recognizes that commerce is the engine of economic potential and the successful inbound marketing of square commerce can also drive the development of surrounding businesses and resonate with the pulse of the city.

Overlap | Vertical Expansion of Composite Functions

The land use conditions are particularly harsh in the city’s axis, where an inch of land values an inch of gold. The building density was limited to 20%. Although it was a tough starting point, we turned the challenge into the unique symbol of Z Center in the process of deepening. Based on the analysis of urban behavior patterns, we used a large number of cantilever and overhead techniques to provide gray space for commercial functions of the ground floor and show the echoing relationship between the square and the city.

Perspective along the street ©2020 Li Yao
Perspective along the street ©2020 Li Yao

For mixed business forms such as office and commerce, we used vertical space and height to transfer the ground capacity upwards. According to the difference of the functional layout, the main building was rendered a distinct block-joining look. At the same time, materials such as glass and perforated aluminum panels with similar colors were used to maintain the lightness and unity of the overall modeling language. The 90-meter-high main slab building spreads as far as possible along the Shifu Avenue, jumping out of the surrounding buildings, and gently incorporating to the city skyline.

Integration into the city ©2021 Li Yao
Integration into the city ©2021 Li Yao

Connect | Place Creation to Boost Vitality

The Central Park is facing the south side of the project, and form a continuous green axis of landscape with the Waterscape Park adjacent to the business district, the Civic Square and Baiyun Mountain. The south and east sides of the L-shaped main building open up the sight corridors, and we have set up a showcase-like sky garden at the key point of the block-joining part. It not only makes a natural division between the two functional blocks, but also weakens the sense of high-level volume. It connects with the distant landscape from the vertical dimension of the space, and is a relatively shared communication platform.

Roof garden ©2021 Li Yao
Roof garden ©2021 Li Yao

The ground garden is intended to slow down the urban rhythm through a continuous street interface. The amicable walking scale defines the specific sense of domain within the plot, and elements such as outdoor seating and public sculptures enhance the stayability of the public space. The architecture responds to people no longer with cold expressions, but with an open attitude that integrates the users’ work, leisure and life.

Conclusion

The landmark of the Z Center project derives from “∑”. This symbol indicates the façade treatment method of the main building wrapped by folded plates, as well as the flow guide of the entrance and exit of the volume cutting. It is applied to mathematical summation, and may also contain a certain metaphor: in the development, the building itself and the vitality of the city are taken into account, effectively stimulating the catalytic effect, so as to achieve transcendence on balance.

Project Drawings

Volume generation ©2021 gad
Volume generation ©2021 gad
Master plan ©2021 gad
Master plan ©2021 gad
West elevation ©2021 gad
West elevation ©2021 gad
Functional layout ©2021 gad
Functional layout ©2021 gad
1F ©2021 gad
1F ©2021 gad
North elevation ©2021 gad
North elevation ©2021 gad
Space Field ©2021 gad
Space Field ©2021 gad
4F ©2021 gad
4F ©2021 gad
A-A section ©2021 gad
A-A section ©2021 gad
Behavior occurs ©2021 gad
Behavior occurs ©2021 gad
12F ©2021 gad
12F ©2021 gad
B-B section ©2021 gad
B-B section ©2021 gad
People-oriented ©2021 gad
People-oriented ©2021 gad

Project information

Project NameTaizhou Z Center
Project LocationJiaojiang District, Taizhou City, Zhejiang Province, China
Project TypeBusiness and Office
Design Time2017
Completion Time2020
Project Scale48141㎡
Design Unitgad
Project DirectorWei Zhang
Project Chief ArchitectsWei Zhang, Yicun Song
Team Members
ArchitectureKaijian Zhang, Yicun Song, Pengfei Kang, Junyan Shao, Fengnan Zu
StructureRenqian Song
Water Supply and Drainage SystemXiaoliang Zhao
Heating and VentilationGuocai Yao
ElectricityGuoping Chen
Other Participants
OwnerZhejiang Jinglong Real Estate Co., Ltd.
PhotographerLi Yao

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