The project is located in Suzhou Science and Technology City, south of Xiushui Bridge, east of Shuguang Canal. By analyzing the history of old and modern development of Suzhou city, and summarizing the proposed design pursers by the project developer, we refined the “technology, landscape, humanities” as the design main concept. The designer will embody the concept of “technology” by applying new structural systems, new materials and construction techniques and high-tech means; realize the concept of “landscape” through ecological design and natural views; understand the concept of “humanity” through civilization and the collective cultural identity.
In terms of specific design concepts, we emphasize “cloud-shaped water stone – the new cultural landmark of Suzhou Science and Technology City”. A public building in an emerging modern intellectual city needs a place to maximize public welfare, which can satisfy and stimulate the creations of citizens. At the same time, it is necessary to reproduce the garden spirit possessed in the history of Suzhou, and provide a better living environment. Therefore, the building needs to be as multiple as the Taihu Stone. It has the richness of porosity and brings the sun, air and water into the space while carrying various citizens’ behaviors. The Taihu stone is “carved” by the lake water, and the spatial pattern of internal and external dialectic. This cognition of the spatial relationship is same in both East and West world. Laozi said: “the emptiness of a pottery makes the pottery useful and the emptiness of a room with open window makes the room useful” The sculpture of “Reclining Image” by Henry Moore, a famous British sculptor, emphasizes A void hole has the same meaning as what Laozi is said. The design of Suzhou Science and Technology Cultural Center also attempts to apply the concept into the architecture design to create a free willing cultural space of the citizen. In the case, just like the flowing water passing through Taihu stone. The holes of the stone means different functions in the building, and space with staggered and visual contact from different levels of diverse people.
For the urban design, the project is divided into three sections:
1. The project consists of two parts: the sports center and the cultural center. The former has a strong purpose and the latter has potential randomness.
2. The building volume along the north side of the road, the city boundary together to form a great view with the entrance to the square; layers of retreat along the formation the mountain , sometimes with courtyards, establish a close relationship with nature.
3. Set up a landscape trail along the mountain, build a walking platform though the site and connect the entrance plaza of the intersection, to form a “T” shaped planning structure.