IO has won a Merit Award for the HKIA
In recent years, China and Taiwan working closely together to develop different kinds of key projects; of which one is a most advanced academy, Fujian Professional Photonic College, designed
IO honored been commissioned as Lead Design Architect of this project. The design of this College has been widely recognized internationally, especially in the Cross Strait Region. On 16 March 2013, Ted Givens, Design Partner at lO, and his team has won a Merit Award for the HKIA Cross Strait Architectural Design Award.
The new 550,000 square meter Fujian Professional Photonic Technical College in South East China is being wholly funded by a Taiwanese Company, Ching Fu, one of Taiwan's largest privately owned companies with over forty years of modern shipbuilding experience. The ground breaking heralds the development of significant cultural and trade links between Taiwan and the Chinese province of Fujian, which previously hosted the country's primary coastal defense system against Taiwan, now dismantled to make way for new bilaterally funded projects in the region.
For the Photonic College project, IO are responsible for the master plan design, the architectural design of five of the nine buildings in the first phase, and the landscape design in the same phase. Most of the structures for these nine buildings are under construction.
IO will also be designing buildings in phases two and three. The project involves a very fast track program with complex overlapping construction schedules. Documentations for phase two will commence towards the end of 2012.
The design of the Photonic College will provide a sustainable learning and living environment for the students who enrol in the college and villagers who live at the edges of the college respectively.
The province will also benefit by the project, becoming a demonstration of how to work with and preserve the natural setting.
Ching Fu and IO hope that eventually the demonstration project will lead other developers and architects to adopt the same vision and to apply it on other universities and projects throughout China.
Givens added that Fujian has a very beautiful natural setting almost like the Tuscan Hills; and it would be a shame to let rapid development erases its current beauty.
The design is ground breaking because it generates a radial campus planning diagram around the intersection of 3 small existing streams. Instead of imposing a geometric order, IO worked with the site features and let them inform the campus planning strategy. The streams would have normally been piped and covered to maximize ease of construction and planning flexibility. IO found in the end by working with nature, all sorts of planning issues ranging from storm water management to creating outdoor campus room fell into place quite easily.
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