China   |  2021

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

Citychamp Dartong Plaza - The Office Hub

Entrant Company

NDA Group

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

CITYCHAMP DARTONG CO.,LTD.

Sub-Category

Office Building

CHALLENGE: Creating a 24-hrs active lifestyle hub Featuring a unique riverfront location between an existing exhibition center and an area of preserved wetlands bordering Fuzhou’s River Min, Dartong Plaza is a 100,000 sqm masterplan made up of two symmetric sites separated by a central public area opening towards a world-class marina. In order to create a 24h-active lifestyle hub acting as mixed-use landmark for this new development center of the city, the client’s program brief has been optimized in order to create an integrated sailing resort on one plot, and a themed office/shopping area on the other, allowing for function-sharing between similar programs and equally splitting the customer flows between the plots. VISION: Spearheading the millennial workforce revolution The Office Hub of Dartong Plaza spearheads the millennial generation shift by actively adapting to the shifting paradigms in working habits across Mainland China and the world. In a time when China's image is rapidly transitioning from the world's "factory" to its "digital innovation hub", this project goes beyond providing efficient working areas to create a healthy and ecologic community for the country's new workforce generation - a community that breeds innovation. SOLUTION: Designing a community that breeds innovation Since the building will accommodate the client's headquarters as well as the offices of their affiliate companies, special care is given to strengthen the interaction and cohesion of the different teams sharing the office floors. By arranging 25,800sqm of working spaces around a large outdoor patio, the building's organization invites interaction and community building on its extensive green outdoor terraces, that can be used for impromptu meetings or for large corporate events. The ample provisions of F&B / retail spaces on the ground floor total 9,500sqm and ensure that the building responds to all the requests of the millennial workforce. DESIGN: Giving tradition a modern shape The architectural answer strongly brings local traditions into focus, combining the circular typologies of Fujian Tulou with a façade reminiscent of a wooden ship’s hull – creating bountiful opportunities for sustainable technologies, while also fostering public space.

Credits

Junior Architect / NDA Group
John Gao
Junior Architect / NDA Group
Rob Wang
Junior Architect / NDA Group
Tracy Zhang
Senior Architect / NDA Group
William Huang
Senior Architect / NDA Group
Alex Marcean
Project Manager / NDA Group
Ellen Lin
Senior Architect / NDA Group
Robert Sochanski
CEO & Design Director / NDA Group
Emmanuel Delarue
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