a vast building has been constructed in nanjing, china to host the new eco-tech park measuring at a total of 24,000 sqm. the overall campus has an exhibition hall; office research spaces and residential buildings, which is still being constructed. once completely realized, the scheme is set to be an incubator for technology and environmental companies

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the architects in charge —NBBJ— designed the building characterized by its dramatic roof-line; the exhibition hall is the first impression of the campus as visitors approach the island from downtown. the roof undulates with eight peaks, mimicking the neighboring zhong and stone mountains. each peak features an oculus / light well that drives natural light into the floor plates and the concept of the light cannons is continued in the design of the eight, pentagon-shaped office research buildings, which wrap around interior courtyards.

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the eight peaks on the roof of the project symbolize the neighboring zhong and stone mountains
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the scheme takes cues found in nature and local architecture, coupled with design reflecting the current state of chinese culture. the result sees a campus that promotes creativity, collaboration, and innovation. meanwhile light studies were conducted to determine the best daylighting and shading strategies for different times of the day and all throughout the year. this lead onto the creation of the symbolic roof which overhangs and shades the entire building from direct solar heat gain.

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sustainable campus and building strategies were incorporated to the overall masterplan. this includes the site density and balanced site coverage, green roofs, integrated water retention and distribution, natural ventilation, responsive facades, naturally-lit interior spaces, and geothermal conditioning for all buildings.

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the light wells draw natural light deep into building
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the campus features an exhibition hall; office research buildings
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 light permeates an otherwise deep floor plate through the oculi of the eight roof cones
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the building is located adjacent to the rive
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the new campus is set to be an incubator for technology and environmental companies
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the large overhanging roof provides shade, a distinctive characteristic and protection
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