Cyrus Tang Foundation Center HQ, Suzhou Building, UAD Chinese Architecture Images

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center, Suzhou

CTF Building Development near Shanghai, China – design by The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd.

26 July 2019

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center in Suzhou

Architects: UAD – The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd.

Location: East Tai Lake Ecological Park, Wujiang, Suzhou, People’s Republic of China

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center in Suzhou Building

As the headquarters of Cyrus Tang Foundation (CTF) in mainland China, the project is a complex which integrates multiple functional spaces, including the foundation’s offices, a museum for displaying various gifts that the foundation has received, and spaces for holding exchange activities with its college members, including exhibitions, conferences, and training, etc.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building

Situated at the central area of East Tai Lake Ecological Park in Wujiang District, Suzhou, China, it enjoys favorable site conditions and beautiful landscape. The design focuses on the integration with the surrounding environment, inherits CTF’s mission of serving disadvantaged communities with love and passing on the spirit of giving, and produces a “dissolved” and green building.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building

1. “Dissolved” Architecture

1.1 Organic Layout
With the continuous development and growth of the foundation, its demands for functional spaces will continue to increase. The design fully considers the necessity of leaving space for future development and therefore applies an organic layout on the irregular site, to allow flexible expansion and adjustment of the building’s outline.

Future extensions can be constructed naturally alongside the existing layout, without destroying the overall unification and harmony. Additionally, the curvilinear contours break through the building’s monotonous interfaces, and the layout strategy of interpenetration enables the architecture to coexist with the natural landscape in the most environmentally friendly manner.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building

1.2 “Dissolved” Volumes
Main functions are designed on 1F (storey height: 7.0 meters) in order to minimize the architecture’s intrusion to the park where it is located. Meanwhile, the rooftop garden functions as elevated vegetation, which not only increases the park’s green area, but also provides a beautiful open viewing platform and activity venue for visitors. The protruding building volumes (museum, exhibition area, and multi-function hall, etc.) hide behind the rooftop garden, like a few sculptures, highlighting the “solidness” of the architecture while also strengthening the hierarchy of spaces.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building

1.3 “Dissolved” Facades
1F is mainly enclosed by glazed curtain walls. Featuring a rhythmic arrangement of green glass with different transparency, its erected facade echoes the nearby bamboo and dissolves into the surroundings. Besides, facades of the protruding volumes also present bamboo-like vertical patterns, which blend together as an integrated whole. Those refined facades partly result from the elaborate arrangement of the building’s equipment: all the tube wells and outlets are all integrated orderly in the roof design.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Suzhou building

2. Green Building

2.1 Efficient Layout
Since only the office area is used perennially while the exhibition area and the multi-function conference hall are utilized occasionally, the design employs a centralized layout, where the office area, exhibition area, multi-function hall and museum are incorporated in one complex. Each functional space can be utilized independently, and at the same time enables efficient integrated operation with others.

When utilized independently, each area is set up with its own entrance and exit. Based on site conditions, the office area and the museum are respectively located on the west and the southwest side, resulting in a tranquil ambience on the west part of the site. To connect with the northern outdoor activity venue, the multi-function conference hall is arranged on the north of the site. And the exhibition area is on the east side, next to the secondary entrance. All of those functional spaces are joined by the central hall, which ensures the proper distance among each section as well as the unity of the building.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center HQ China

2. 2 Green Technologies
This project won the Chinese Certificate of Green Building Design Label (Two Star) in 2014, for its application of many fully developed green technologies in China, such as geothermal heat pumps, building-integrated photovoltaics, tubular daylight devices, green roof, automated shading system, green lighting and intelligence operation management that saves land, energy, water and building materials.

During the initial design process, simulation software was used for the optimized analysis of the building’s natural ventilation and lighting. On the other hand, this is not only an efficient and eco-friendly architecture, but also an exemplary platform for display and exchanges of green technologies, which gathers high-tech resources that universities have brought in.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center HQ China

The architecture is the outcome of effective multi-disciplinary integration and collaboration. Green designs, functional optimization and fusion with the site were fully considered throughout the design process, thereby an architecture that blends and coexists with the ambient natural environment was created.

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center HQ China

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center, Wujiang District – Building Information

Project name: Cyrus Tang Foundation Center
Location: East Tai Lake Ecological Park, Wujiang District, Suzhou, China
Area: 15,000 m2
Main materials: SRC, roofing plant, glass curtain wall
Architects: Dong Danshen, Yang Yidong, Teng Meifang, Lin Zaiguo
Architectural design firm: The Architectural Design and Research Institute of Zhejiang University Co., Ltd. (UAD)
Architectural design firm website:
Interior design: Woods Bagot, Hangzhou Dianshang Building Decoration Design
Landscape design: The Design Institute of Landscape & Architecture China Academy of Art (Zheng Jie Studio)
Structural engineers: Zhang Mingshan, Xu Chen, Li Benyue
MEP engineers: Li Haojun, Gong Zengrong, Dong Shaobing, Huang Zhengjie, Liu Haifeng

Photographer: Zhao Qiang

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center HQ China

Cyrus Tang Foundation Center

Chinese text:

主要材料:SRC 玻璃纤维水泥板——上海盈创、 屋面绿化、玻璃幕墙
室内设计: 伍兹贝格、杭州典尚设计
景观设计: 中国美术学院风景建筑设计研究院郑捷所
摄影师: 赵强

CTF Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Headquarters building China


项目坐落于吴江松陵生态公园内的中心区块,地理位置优越,环境优美。整个设计以融合周边环境为出发点,并传承基金会 “服务社会,奉献爱心,推已及人,薪火相传” 的宗旨,可以提炼为消隐的和绿色的建筑。

CTF Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Headquarters building China

1.1 有机的平面

1.2 消隐的体量

1.3 消隐的立面

CTF Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Headquarters building China

2. 绿色的建筑
2.1 高效的布局

2.2 绿色的技术
本项目通过节地、节能、节水、节材等各种生态技术的运用,在2014年获得了国家“二星级绿色建筑设计标识”证书。在最初的方案设计阶段中就借助模拟软件对建筑形体的自然通风和采光进行优化分析。 使用国内现有成熟的绿色建筑技术如地源热泵、太阳能光伏一体化、导光照明技术、屋顶绿化、建筑自动遮阳、绿色照明、智能化运营管理等。另一方面,建筑不仅能够高效和节能的运作,同时也吸收了各成员高校可提供的高新技术资源,是一个绿色建筑技术展示的模范平台。

CTF Cyrus Tang Foundation Center Headquarters building China


Cyrus Tang Foundation Center, Suzhou images / information received July 2019

Location: East Tai Lake Ecological Park, Wujiang District, Suzhou, China

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