An open international design contest has been launched for a series of highly sustainable 800㎡ office buildings in Changzhou city, Jiangsu Province, China
The competition, organised by the China Building Materials Academy, seeks innovative proposals for workplace buildings that harness new green building materials and energy-saving technical products
The project aims to identify new design and construction strategies that could help China in its ambition to cap carbon dioxide emissions by 2030, and to generate 20 per cent of energy from non-fossil fuel sources. The winning schemes will be constructed in the National Green Building Demonstration Park on the south-west fringes of the historic city.
According to the brief: ‘The goal of the competition is to achieve near-zero energy consumption and ultra-low emissions of building. It is guided by the principle of “economy, applicability and beauty”. It also integrates achievements of both international academic institutions and design firms, which correspond to the contemporary lifestyle and aesthetic consciousness in the process of building China’s new urbanisation.
‘In this competition, we envisage using preselected renewable energy, new energy, new materials, new technologies as the design and creation media, just like providing painting materials for the way to artistically create a green building in accordance with the climatic characteristics of the climate zone. Unlike the previous technology stacking design, we expect the results of the competition to meet the requirements of passive priority, active support, cost-effective control and can be applicable in a given climate zone.’
Changzhou is a historic city of around 4.5 million inhabitants located on the southern bank of the Yangtze River near China’s eastern coast.
The competition focuses on the National Green Building Demonstration Park which is a greenfield site near the historic ruins of the Yancheng walled city.
Proposals should feature an office complex or corporate regional marketing headquarters harnessing renewable technologies to deliver either low or zero energy consumption. Schemes must consider future retrofit options and consider local planning restrictions.
National Green Building Demonstration Park
Applications will be evaluated on their feasibility, response to local context, integration of passive renewable energy technologies, water management, use of BIM and parameterisation, aesthetic quality and understanding of China’s traditional architecture.
Submissions must include a masterplan, site plan, floor plans, elevations, sections, and a written description covering the general design, energy saving strategy and reasons for material choices.
Judges include Stefan Behnisch of German practice Behnisch Architekten, Massimiliano Fuksas of Rome-based Studio Fuksas, Italy’s Mario Cucinella of Mario Cucinella Architects, and Yao Yan, president of China Building Materials Academy.
The overall winner will receive an $80,000 prize while two silver prizes of $50,000 each and three bronze prizes of $30,000 each will also be awarded along with 50 ‘excellence awards’ worth $20,000 each.
The deadline for applications is 8 January.
How to apply
Visit the competition website for more information
China Building Materials Academy