The China project

NZ Life & Leisure - - Shaping The Future -

Seen from the air, the Mar­is­frolg Head­quar­ters in Shen­zhen, China, could be a bird in flight. Vis­i­tors strolling around the enor­mous com­plex will dis­cern dif­fer­ent nat­u­ral shapes ev­ery­where. This is Ar­chi­tec­ture van Bran­den­burg’s most am­bi­tious project to date: a con­struc­tion that cov­ers 120,000 square me­tres of low ly­ing, in­ter­con­nected build­ings lo­cated on a 5.5- hectare site. The head­quar­ters of one of China’s lead­ing high- end fashion la­bels, it in­cludes an art ex­hi­bi­tion cen­tre, bou­tique ho­tel, restau­rants, cafés, re­tail stores and a cat­walk and event venue. “Re­cy­cling and re­pur­pos­ing of ma­te­ri­als is an es­sen­tial part of the de­sign and con­struc­tion,” says Fred. “A team from the con­struc­tion site in China goes to fac­to­ries to col­lect mar­ble and gran­ite of­f­cuts, ceram­ics from pot­ter­ies and glass slag from glass­blow­ing fac­to­ries. The ma­te­ri­als are in­serted into the build­ing’s sur­faces. Two of my staff from the Dunedin of­fice have set up work­shops to teach the con­struc­tion work­ers how to ap­ply the re­cy­cled ma­te­rial as mo­saics and the like, so they are learn­ing new skills which they can take with them to their next con­tract.”

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