The first phase of Shenzhen Pengcheng Laboratory in China will be a state-of-the-art flagship scientific research facility, incorporating a series of research spaces, with accompanying recreation, dining, sports and social facilities. The brief is to design a space which promotes social interaction between the researchers who will occupy the site. In order to do this, our plans are to position social amenity spaces at the heart of the scheme, complemented by a series of elevated connected walkaways which navigate the terrain and the internal movement to allow connectivity and fluidity when passing through. This part of the development will be split into three main sections, the northern campus, the southern campus, and the central social hub with VIP conference facility and a focal sculptural element.
This project will be a high profile scheme for the scientific research community within China. Our plans have been assembled to create a holistic response to the design brief and the challenging terrain of the site and its surrounding context. We’ve encompassed the client’s vision of a series of research spaces in harmony with the surrounding green landscape and kept social interaction at the very forefront of the design work.
Social interaction and cohesion with the surrounding area are our key design drivers to this project. Whilst the research elements of the project are vital to positioning the centre as world leading, the design team has envisioned attractive supporting spaces in terms of living, recreation, dining and social to make the asset a real destination.