The Lakeside Plugin Tower is 480 square meters of live/work housing. It is developed in partnership with the Shenzhen Institute of Building Research, a leader in sustainable building design and urban development, as a prototype for the Xiong’an New Area, an important ‘model city’ currently being developed by the central government.
Xiong’an is located 100km Southwest of Beijing, and is planned as a clean, affordable and congestion free alternative to the capital. To keep housing affordable in the new city, all housing will be state-owned and subsidized. It is conceived as a low carbon eco-city using 100 percent clean electricity with 10% of the area protected as permanent farmland.
为了尽量减少建筑物对场地的影响，湖心亭设置在分布式混凝桩基础上。 整座建筑高出地面一层，以便雨水渗透到地下。该设计符合海绵城市理念，重新思考沥青城市，以减少城市积水和地表污染。 架高的建筑同时充分考虑到地上植被的日照，充足的阳光使其蓬勃生长。
To minimize the impact of the building on its site, the Lakeside Plugin Tower sits on a foundation of distributed concrete piers. The entire building is raised one story above the ground to allow for storm water to be absorbed into the ground. This aligns with China’s sponge city concept, a rethinking of the asphalt city to reduce extreme flooding and surface pollution in urban areas. The height of the elevated building also allows abundant sunlight for vegetation to flourish uninterrupted across the full site.
The entire building is prefabricated to reduce costs and allow for efficient construction. The building envelope uses a panelized system developed internally by our office and is built separately from the steel structure. The modular Plugin Panels allow for maximum flexibility throughout the life of the building. Locks are integrated into the panels allowing them to be manually installed with unskilled labor and a single tool. Over time, entire sections of each level can be extended or taken away as needed, without affecting the rest of the building. This flexibility further extends the usability of the building while reducing the likelihood of future renovation.
The building is designed using net zero building principals. The roof of the building is covered by solar panels. The Plugin Panel enclosure is manufactured using highly energy efficient rigid insulation with floor heating integrated into the floor panels. Full height operable windows allow for maximum natural ventilation. Each floor is connected to service towers that contain vertical circulation and an off-the grid sewage system that offers sustainable wastewater treatment on site.
湖边插件塔为新区提供了一种住宅开发的全新模式，建筑物充分融入自然环境，而破坏极小。 它被视为一个系统而非一种一次性的手法，是政策支持的典型住房开发的另外选择。 该项目的创新实例覆盖各个层面，包括新型建筑材料的开发，可随时间变化的灵活结构系统以及可持续技术的整合。
The Lakeside Plugin Tower offers a vision housing development for new cities where buildings are integrated into a natural environment with minimal impact. It is conceived as a system rather than a one off and is an alternative of the typical government supported housing development. Examples of innovation in the project expands across scales and includes the development of new building materials, a flexible structural system that can change over time, and integrated sustainable technologies.
Client: Shenzhen Institute of Building Research Co., Ltd.
Structure： China Construction Steel Structure Corp. Ltd.
Design Period ：Oct 2017
Construction Period: Nov-Dec 2017
Principal: He Zhe, James Shen, Zang Feng
Project Team: Li Zhenghua, Feng Ziqing, Xiang Weixing, Zhou Yuxi, Liang Guoqiang, Wang Yaxin
Photographer: Jin Weiqi, People’s Architecture Office
Sewage Treatment System：Wuxi BOD Environmental Protection Technology Co., Ltd.
Solar System：Advanced Solar Power (Hangzhou) Inc.