Union Staff Training Center
Located in the newly master planned commercial business district of Tangshan, this 2011 Design Competition for the local government includes 592,000 SF of office, hotel and lifestyle retail center. The tower is 22 stories and retail center is five stories with open atrium mall. Parking underground provides 492 spaces.
The concept design is based on inspiration from the local geography that includes several rugged rock outcrops that emerge into the local urban landscape. This interpretation is exaggerated in the overall building massing of the retail component through breaks and fractures in the exterior façade and roof surfaces. These fractures allow lighting and glazing to separate the “boulders” of retail display over the entire façade. The solids and voids are allowed to be expressed inside the five-story Lifestyle Center through careful massing and integration of façade materials.
Sustainable strategies included PV panels on the roof and exterior integrated walls, geothermal heat pumps, double-skin thermal system and green roofs. The use of natural day lighting and electrical lighting with light sensors used in combination, will reduce energy consumption.