zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol

zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol

fluid forms in guangzhou

 

zaha hadid architects presents its newly completed infinitus plaza, a new global headquarters of infinitus china. this new headquarters will integrate workspaces designed to nurture connectivity, creativity and entrepreneurship. above all, the space will includes the group’s herbal medicine research facilities and safety assessment labs alongside a learning center for conferences and exhibitions.

 

the project takes shape as two buildings, interconnected at multiple levels. these collaborative workspaces are spread across eight stories, and are designed to be healthier and more adaptive to new ways of working. the overall project comprises a series of ‘infinite rings’ that encourage interaction and communication between all departments.

zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
images © liang xue, courtesy of ZHA

 

 

the infinity symbol

 

the team at zaha hadid architects arranges its infinitus plaza around central atria and courtyards to echo the symbol for infinity. the design creates a variety of shared indoor and outdoor spaces that build the strong sense of community which defines the group’s corporate culture. the interconnecting bridges house a variety of flexible communal spaces for employees that promote individual and overall wellness including gym and exercise rooms, recreation and relaxation zones as well as restaurant and cafe. the bridges also connect the plaza’s offices with further shopping and dining areas.

 

situated within guangzhou’s humid subtropical monsoon climate, infinitus plaza has been designed and constructed to LEED gold certification and the equivalent 3-stars of china’s green building program with its life cycle carbon emissions calculated at 15.3% embodied carbon and at 84.7% operational carbon emissions.

zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol

 

 

zaha hadid architects’ structure

 

the structure is optimized to reduce the amount of concrete required and increased the proportion of recyclable content. over 25 tons of recycled materials have been used in the construction of infinitus plaza, primarily steel, copper, glass, aluminum alloy profiles, gypsum products and wood.

 

annual solar irradiation analysis has determined the width of the outdoor terraces to self-shade the building. this analysis has also defined the external perforated aluminum shading panels to optimize reductions in solar heat gain. these measures, together with double-insulated low-e glazing provide effective shading and heat insulation that ensures good natural light throughout the building while reducing solar heat gain and energy consumption.

zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
the overall project comprises a series of ‘infinite rings’ zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
over 25 tons of recycled materials have been used in the construction of infinitus plaza zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
the project encourages interaction and communication between all departments

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the structure comprises mainly steel, copper, glass, aluminum alloy profiles, gypsum and wood

zaha hadid architects' fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
outdoor terraces are designed to self-shade the building

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external perforated aluminum shading panels optimize reductions in solar heat gain

 

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zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
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zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 
zaha hadid architects’ fluid infinitus plaza takes shape as an infinity symbol
 

project info:

 

project title: infinitus plaza
architecture: zaha hadid architects
location: guangzhou, china
site area: 45,280m2
gross floor area: 185,643 square meters
height: 35 meters (115 feet)
photography: liang xue, courtesy of ZHA

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