Former industrial plant reimagined as dynamic research campus.
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DETAILS

LocationBeijing, China
ClientBeijing Xingfa Technology Co. Ltd.
Size24.43 ha

Located next to a public rural quarry park, Xingfa Cement Plant is set to be transformed into a national advance science research facility, contributing to the establishment of Huairou Science City. The team of landscape architects and architects worked in close collaboration to preserve valuable cement factory buildings, production structures, existing trees, and dramatic site landforms, and studied local precipitation patterns to absorb drainage and protect the site from heavy summer storms. Proposed programs and buildings were considered under local cultural protection restrictions due to their adjacency to the Great Wall across the valley.

Science and research development history resonates throughout the site, unifying this dynamic research campus with cement production and transportation logic represented by the existing railway system and proposed landscape path. Various factory elements were reused at various scales as signage, furniture, walls, paving, and other decorations. A variety of landscape moments and atmospheres are proposed based on their specific contexts, carefully blended with the architectural color system and negotiated within complex hillside conditions.

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