Guangming Valley of Scientists by mecanoo & LOLA
The architecture firm Mecanoo has announced that it is one of the three finalists of the Guangming Scientist Valley International Competition. He dutch firm The proposal, created in collaboration with the landscape architects LOLA, was selected among 173 entries from all over the world and complies with the instructions of the competition to create an international science campus in Shenzhen that provides a sense of belonging and combines scientific elements with the natural landscape. As seen in newly revealed renderings, the design envisions an integral complex of intersecting linear lines. wood structures, as well as a group of circular structures pavilions which appear to serve as public areas of the science campus.
the design foresees a complex of linear wooden structures, as well as a group of circular pavilions | all images courtesy of Mecanoo
an efficient shared social space for scientific talents
The Guangming Valley of Scientists is expected to create an international campus, an efficient shared social space for scientific talents. The brief calls for the design to fit harmoniously with Shenzhen’s strategic location, topography and character, to create a comprehensive educational and creative hub. The center will provide high-quality public facilities and services to support scientific development, enabling inspiration and innovation.
‘The urban and architectural design of Guangming Valley of Scientists should not only meet the needs of target groups and functions, but also show the pioneering character of Shenzhen, embody the design principles of ecology and low-carbon, pioneering and future, socialization and diversity, science and innovation, as well as viability and sustainability.’ establishes the organizing team of the competition (see more here).
From Mecanoo design (see more here) and LOLA (see more here) is among the three finalists for the contest, it is safe to assume that the proposal meets the above criteria. As seen in the renderings, the design blends into the local landscape with a set of wooden structures and pavilions, and includes various open spaces that allow residents to interact with each other and the natural environment. Lush gardens and water features are integrated into the design, creating a nature-inspired community that could stimulate creative thinking and innovative activities.
gardens and water features are integrated into the design
open spaces that allow residents to interact with each other and with the natural environment
the renderings represent wood as the main material of the project
Name: Guangming Valley of Scientists
In collaboration with: LOLA landscape architects
myrto katsikopoulou i designboom
January 23, 2023