The project plot used to be a fish pond, and it was also part of the largest city lake in Asia—Tangxun Lake. We realize that the external environment and internal conditions of the development area where the building is located are changing rapidly, and the user's own business content is also developing iteratively. This is a contradiction that designers need to consider or alleviate at the beginning of the project.
The total building area is 75,000 square meters. The first floor is a public service area, with white fading printed glass, and the transparent and light base is connected with the ground environment; the second floor and above is the office area, which is made of dark large walls along with the urban interface with a clean cut-form, and this relationship extends to the roof; and then folds to the wall where faces the lake, the complete form has shaped a well-recognizable urban interface.
In order to open the sight from the main entrance to the lake, we designed a 10×30m-sized building elevated off the ground to form a lake view frame. A water belt leads the entrance to the lake surface, which is the axis that connects Tangxun Lake with the city. The area of each level’s office area is maximized, supported by multiple vertical traffic cores so that communication and collaboration are most efficient. Tencent’s various departments are separated by coffee break areas, which is conducive to the expansion and adjustment of departments and cross-departmental collaboration and social interaction.
It has been 7 years since the project was designed until it was completed, and it has obtained LEED Gold and National Green Building two-star certification. After the opening, due to market strategy adjustments, the R&D center only uses the first floor for office work, and other spaces are leased to downstream companies for shared offices. Although the business logic has changed, the design tolerance is sufficient. For example, the multi-point distribution of elevators, the acoustic treatment in the lobby, and the flexible layout of large open floors are still conducive to the current state of operation.