In the coming years, the city of Wuhan (with over nine million inhabitants) will become the most sustainable city development in China. In this context, an international competition for the construction of the Wuhan New Energy Institutee was a natural decision. The building will become a major centre for research and development into new energy technologies as the public research platform of Wuhan University.
Soeters Van Eldonk architects, in collaboration with Grontmij, designed the building in the shape of a flower, taking the Calla Lily as inspiration. The building will have zero carbon emissions and has zero-energy ambitions. The office building will be approximately 140m tall, surrounded by laboratories in the form of leaves. The building is designed so that it will be in its own shade in the hot Chinese summer. The roof of the flower consists mainly of solar panels for generating energy. Rainwater is collected in the bowl and used as water supply in the building. The characteristic pistil consists of vertical wind turbines to generate wind energy. The edge of the bowl forms a sunroof designed for heating and cooling of the building. The building is the principle of natural ventilation. The central solar chimney of more than 120m in height is designed for natural air ventilation into the offices. Wuhan New Energy Institute, will be guaranteed the most senior Three-star Award in the China Green Building Evaluation System and will also be the first office building in the world to meet receive the BREEAM ‘Outstanding’ accreditation in the BRE’s International classification.
[A] Jos van Eldonk
[P] Laboratories & offices
[G] 40,000 m2
[C] Hubei Science & Technology Investment Company