JDS architects: beijing green visitor center
JDS architects: beijing green visitor center JDS architects: beijing green visitor center
aug 28, 2012

JDS architects: beijing green visitor center

‘beijing welcome centre’ by JDS architects all images courtesy of JDS architects

commissioned by real estate company vanke to design a visitor center in china’s capital, JDS architects are developing the ‘beijing welcome centre’ a 5000 m2 structure which will stand as a gateway exhibition gallery for a new sustainable industry park in the chinese metropolis.

the overall form is a manipulated box envelope adopted to address environmental and contextual concerns in order that it is as low tech and low cost as possible. in their first manipulations of their plan, JDS architects have made it so that the site’s existing car park joins to the R&D centre, along with being accessible to the park loop. this arrangement allows the public to walk directly over the building, so that it also functions as an outdoor pathway, offering one the opportunity to experience an overview of the green space from an alternative height before descending again.

the facility’s features are based on providing a sustainable piece of architecture. its undulating rooftop offers varied heights to the center which in winter block the north beijing wind, while in summer promote a cool southeast ventilation, creating a shadow to the south and moveable sun shading / solar cells to the east and west. this arrangement will allow the public to walk over the building and experience an overview of the green space from a different height, before descending. its assembly from a series of pragmatic scientific operations make the green visitor centre help promote the notion of low tech sustainability.

the lowest points of the undulating rooftop touch the ground, allowing visitors to walk directly over the building

interior view of the exhibition building

aerial view

site diagram

site diagram

illustrating the manipulation of the box envelope

a series of manipulations have been developed to promote low tech sustainability

floor plan

floor plan

floor plan






rain water usage

air system diagram

air system diagram

project info:

project: visitor center size: 5000 m2 location: beijing, china budget: confidential client: vanke team: JDS, transsolar, MUDI JDS partner in charge: julien de smedt, andrew griffin project leader: charlotte lieske type: commission status: ongoing 2012 project team: cristina marigo, iria carreira, amanda ripoll, mathilde claus, byeongmoo moon

  • same thing…getting tired of roofs with steps from JDS or BIG.

    pedro says:
  • surprise, surprise….

    beta says:
  • Kengo kuma went there for a lecture?

    Julian de .Sxxxt says:
  • denmark needs to stop going to the same office partiest.

    hans christian andersen says:
  • it never gets old, eh?

    g says:
  • C’est bien, c’est bien pourri…

    Richard says:
  • It never gets old because it’s rarely been done ( built projects )

    Mark says:
  • They deliver what they have been invited for : diagrammatically designed curves and shapes, with an interesting way of using roofs as a public space.

    @ Mark _ Unfortunately this is true, yet in China it is possible to build such expensive buildings.

    It may just not be the most audacious or the newest design, but it is still more interesting than a lot of today\’s buildings. Are you not tired of Apple doing always the same Iphones ? And yet would you buy a \”dull\” Nokia under 70$ …?

    Stephane says:
  • It doesn\’t matter if they do it again. If it works and makes positive effort to our environment then we could build this kind of architecture here and there. JDS too. It\’s like complaining about using roofs above buildings and not getting tired of that. Calm down.

    About building: I love the shape and concept. Beautiful.

    Als says:

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