The Shenzhen National Gene Bank is located in the Xiasha Area in Dapeng District and comprises a Site Area of 8 ha.
Based on a modular grid, the architectural spaces were designed around flexibly assembled blocks.
Without altering the surface catchment, TOWNLAND’s scheme respects the complicated natural topography of the Site and takes advantage of the existing valleys to form the main landscape axis.
Attractions, such as plazas, are placed along the main landscape axis of the valleys within the natural catchment. The ground floor of the buildings surrounding the landscape corridor is designed to be elevated and a series of steps and ramps are placed to form a three-dimensional “outdoor living room” to provide communication places for research staff, thus stimulating their creative thinking.
The semi-transparent building facade is made of glass and metal mesh to create a semi-concealed building volume which respects the beauty of the surrounding mountains. Based on principles of sustainable development, a host of plants are to be introduced into the Site to create a natural environment which will attract wildlife.