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The project is aimed to design The Tencent Innovation City in Xian as a place where creative people, start-uppers, innovators and investors will gather, collaborate and exchange ideas.
The total area of the development project concerned is about 1 million square meters. Philippe Rondeau Architects, Limited as the principal architecture firm in the project has already created a very large urban Central Park where office blocks as high as 10 floors will be located in conjunction with additional low-rise buildings and commercial facilities at its heart. Part of the project also involves residential compounds that are intended to accommodate approx. 25000 members of staff working at The Tencent Innovation City.
As far as the design of the master plan is concerned, they have kept the existing layout of the roads and plots in order to keep the scale of the neighbourhood.
What make this project so innovative is that they created a large PLATFORM at level 2 which connects all the office blocks together. This unique place offers not only a very pleasant outdoor places to people, but also allows driverless electric vehicles to circulate around it, transporting staff from their place of residence to their working place.
This concept is very innovative in the sense that staff can book a vehicle through their mobile app and catch it in a few minutes at any stations located at the foot of every office block and residential tower. Because of the high level of mobility efficiency, staff living at The Tencent Innovation City will find it very convenient to meet their peers at any time and commute at a very short distance between their working place and the residential place. Tencent Innovation City is therefore termed as the City of Tomorrow.
The PLATFORM (at level 2) is the city of the future where people can enjoy an environmentally-friendly transportation system, whereas, on the ground floor, fuel vehicles, which have been posing serious pollution threat to the environment, remain the major transportation in the city.
One of the constraints arising from the brief was to come up with an innovative solution to connect staff with their working places. By creating the PLATFORM at level 2 and the park, the connection between living and working place was established as a result, which provided a remedy for the issue of connectivity.
The firm has successfully designed a living and working place where approx. 25,000 inhabitants will commute every day with driverless electric vehicles that will bring no pollution at all. Moreover, the PLATFORM will be connected to the future subway lines of the city, which allows people to get fully connected with Xian city.
Since the layout of the new buildings are created in line with the existing plots and roads layout, there is no major technical challenges to be overcome. The only challenge in their way is concerned with the building of an extraordinarily lengthy crossing connecting the PLATFORM with the park, which are divided by a 60m long green belt and roads. To tackle this issue, a large span structure is therefore applied to minimize the quantity of structural columns.
What is more, The Tencent Innovation City is presented to be futuristic. Therefore, the buildings will be cladded with low-E glass and aluminium panels, which, including all the rest of construction products, are altogether procured from mainland China.
In a nutshell, the concept of the PLATFORM is in no doubt a city of tomorrow which is especially beneficial to cities in south-east Asia where city rejuvenation is in high demand. By applying the aforesaid concept, run-down and old areas can turn into a modern high-density urban district at a relatively fast pace with ease.
Tencent Innovation City
Xi’an – China
Status of Construction
Gross Floor Area
30F, 140 m
Number of Rooms/Units
Philippe Rondeau Architects, Limited
Philippe Rondeau Architects, Limited