Witnessed by a few hundred distinguished guests, the first phase of the new Wanchuang Science City for future technologies in Nanchang was officially opened on December 9 2020. The ceremony took place in the newly built Science museum, which soon will be a recognized landmark in the Ganjiang district and the lively center point of the world class Wanchuang Science City community. The whole campus was designed by Inbo and expected to be completed by mid 2021.
▼建筑外观，exterior view © Highlite
Icon for Ganjiang
Ganjiang is a new national level district on the banks of the Gan river, in the north of Nanchang City, the capital of Jiangxi province. In the coming years the planned 465km2 will be realized with the ambition to become one of the greenest and healthiest living and working environment in China. The Wanchuang Science City is located in the center of Ganjiang, close to the yet to be built CBD and directly connected to the highway that links the campus to the airport and downtown Nanchang. Situated on one of the main crossings along the major central road of the district, the Wanchuang campus will be a strong focus point and the museum an iconic landmark for the whole district.
▼赣江新区的新地标，a new icon for Ganjiang district © Highlite
万创科技城的设计理念源于瑛泊搭建的园区开发模型‘i-CAM‘的评估结果。i-CAM 是Inbo Campus Assessment Model 的缩写，翻译为瑛泊园区评估模型。i-CAM模型搭建于埃因霍温高科技产业园区的成功规划和设计经验。在业内，荷兰埃因霍温高科技产业园区因为员工人均专利权数最高而被认为是全世界发展最好的高科技创新园区。开放的创新环境和搭建’智慧中枢‘的战略是园区的成功关键。
The general concept for Wanchuang Science City is the outcome of intensive research with Inbo’s i-Cam methodology as its guidance. i- CAM stands for Inbo Campus Assessment Model and it was developed after Inbo designed the High Tech Campus Eindhoven in The Netherlands (HTCE). The HTCE is known by experts as the best performing technology driven campus in the world, measuring the output of patented innovations per capita. Key for its success is the open innovation environment and ‘brainhub’ strategy.
▼园区鸟瞰，campus birdview © Inbo
MIT studies estimate that 80% of innovations are the result of knowledge exchange during informal encounters between people with different background. Concentrating shared functions in ‘brainhubs’ aims to intensify the density of people in one place and increase the chance of those informal encounters, with the goal to stimulate exchange. The integration of a science museum, co-working space and conference center is the centerpiece in this strategy with the intention to become a brainhub for the whole region.
▼建筑立面，facade © Highlite
Flow & view
Located on the corner of two main roads, the museum marks the entrance to the campus. Its initial shape is derived from pedestrian flow analysis and the desire to have clear views from the main roads to the central square of the campus. The first two floors offer exhibition space for the science museum, the top two floors provide conference facilities with rooms ranging from 10-200 people. The two functions are subtly visible in the massing, melted together and wrapped with an elegant fluent skin.
▼流线示意，circulation diagram © Inbo
The entrance square in front of the museum will be used as a space for outdoor events. The welcoming ‘grand stairs’ is an extension of the public space and includes not only covered outdoor seating for events, but also is the start of a public route that connects several viewing terraces. In combination with the shared functions and the café along this public route, it invites people to use the outdoor spaces of the building and become a vibrant knowledge exchange platform for the community.
▼室外楼梯，external staircase © Highlite
▼大楼梯和室外平台，grand stair and outdoor terrace © Highlite
▼从入口广场望向建筑，view from the entrance square © Highlite
▼室内空间，interior view © Highlite
▼立面示意，facade diagram © Inbo
▼立面展开图，facade unfolded © Inbo
▼剖面图和百叶铝板，general section & facade lamella © Inbo
The building skin of horizontal aluminum lamellas wraps the complex volume into one fluent shape. The lamellas ‘flux’ from horizontal to vertical and compose a skin pattern that follows the logic of the window openings and guarantee day-light, views and transparency when needed. The complex building massing in combination with the fluxing panels required the latest parametric design techniques from the expert team in Netherlands to limit the amount of panel types and minimize waste.
▼立面细节，facade detailed view © Highlite
The opening of the museum is the start of a much bigger area development, including a school, retail areas, residential areas and supporting facilities. Due to the current start-up character of the campus, the top two floors will be initially used as sales center and co-working space. When the development moves forward it will be changed to a world class conference center. Since architects can’t predict the future, buildings should be flexible for a longer period of time to accommodate future changes. Besides flexible big column-free spaces, every floor has its own entrance, allowing every them to be operated independently in case future use requires to do so.
▼园区夜景，campus night view © Highlite
▼西南向透视，perspective southwest © Inbo
▼一层平面图，plan level 1 © Inbo
▼三层平面图，plan level 3 © Inbo
项目设计 & 完成年份：2019-2020
主创及设计团队：Mark Dekker, 潘文黎，Joan Rufián Pujol，王战，金不为 ，Jihong Duan,Lars van Vianen