Zaha Hadid Architects Completes Infinitus Plaza in China

Zaha Hadid Architects Completes Infinitus Plaza in China

Today saw the opening of Infinuts Plaza Headquarters, designed by Zaha Hadid architects. It is a gateway to Guangzhou’s new Baiyun Central Business District. The project was built on the site of an old airport that was destroyed. It is connected by a metro tunnel. Two volumes are proposed with central atria. They connect at multiple levels to create an infinity loop. The design brings together offices, research facilities and labs, as well as a learning center. It is a work environment that emphasizes adaptability and connectivity.

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This morphology creates loops that encourage interaction between departments. It also defines a series outdoor spaces that foster a sense community. There are various community spaces such as gyms, exercise rooms, and a cafe, restaurant, and café. The gardens and landscaped outdoor areas are enhanced by a jogging path and walking paths on top of the bridges. This project uses a variety of sustainability strategies and construction technologies to lower the operational and long-term carbon emissions.

Courtesy of ZHA
Courtesy of ZHA
© Liang Xue

Structural optimization decreased the concrete use and increased the percentage of recycled materials (primarily steel, glass and wood components). The outdoor terraces that are self-shading and the facade shading panels were carefully considered to reduce solar heat gain. The atriums are also cooled using a network sprinklers that spray water particles onto the ETFE membrane on the roofs. This process is controlled by a smart building management software.

Courtesy of ZHA
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