Qingdao Vanke Business Park, located in Chengyang District, has been developed by Vanke as a hub for innovative businesses. The park’s latest addition is a colourful, stepped, mixed-use complex designed by CLOU.
The site accommodates a bookstore, a small city hall, and retail spaces provide exciting meeting places for cross-cultural communications. The design reflects CLOU’s ongoing exploration of stepped architecture and office and commercial design integration.
The design responds to the predominately small and medium-sized companies and young creative retailers in the office park. Opening what would traditionally be a closed building, the firm created exciting paths of exploration and vibrant social spaces.
CLOU has carved the 10,000 sq m massing into a sculptural form, with stepped terraces for a proposal that shifts character from different viewpoints.
The human-scale terraces become an extension of the office areas. Varying semi-private spaces are curated into a series of vertical landscapes, providing the flexibility to host creative outdoor events.
The volumetric form resembles stepped boxes paired with geometric windows, expressing a rational beauty. The façade design plays with shades of pinks and silver which, from a distance, creates a luminous effect that animates one approach.
Project Name: Vanke Qingdao Business Park
Program: commercial, office
Location: Qingdao, China
Area: 10,000 sqm
Status: Completion in 2020
Architecture Design: CLOU architects
Design Team: Jan Clostermann, Wenhui Lu, Tait Kaplan, Tiago Tavares, Xiaomeng Su, Dongfang Xie, Yaxi Wang
LDI: Beijing Architectural Design Institute of China Construction Corporation
Façade Consultant: Huaming Design Group
Photography: Wu Qingshan