The Mobius Loop (Headquarter Office) by Gang Wu
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
The inspiration of the project is the Mobius Loop. The appearance in the shape of Mobius Loop and customized planning concept of Infinite Baidu not only integrate the core technical concept of Box Computing of Baidu perfectly but also represent its very promising future. In the layout in concert with the characteristics of courtyard in North, an 80m-span gallery bridge is connected to a 20,000m2 double-enclosed space of Baidu Square and Baidu World.
The site planning of the project respects for the Park's master planning concepts and completed all important street facade. Along the main road, a public plaza is created which gives Baidu a distinctive entrance. The buildings require the design to reflect concise and simple building style to exhibit the China chic. The employees of the enterprise are mainly young people aged 25 on average, so modern office environment needs to meet the needs of office life of more than 13,000 young people.
Design Challenges
The way to fully reflect local features of Beijing and integrate them with design was the first issue that architects confronted with. The way to build headquarters buildings on scattered plots and maintain their integrality was the second one. According to urban planning criteria, heights of buildings are limited to less than 30m. It’s a challenge to build landmark buildings in this case. In an enterprise with an average age of less than 25 years old, design should meet the needs of young people.
Production Technology
Baidu Homeland has reflected the traditional pattern of the city of Beijing. By taking advantage of the street side facing the road, the Baidu Plaza built on the red line of the construction land as the welcome park square of the headquarters park, and with five buildings interconnected through the air corridor, the project perfectly demonstrated the image of its headquarters campus under the condition of project land separated by urban roads.
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