Blue Biotechnology Park
Qingdao, People’s Republic of China
Turner + DeCelles
Wolff Landscape Architecture, Inc. (WLA) was engaged by Turner + DeCelles (T+D) to provide landscape architecture services for a new biotechnology campus in Qingdao. Proposed along with a hotel / conference center and two office towers, T+D designed six research lab buildings at Blue Biotechnology Park in order to provide flexible space for start-up companies and individual entrepreneurs. This “incubator” campus is programmed to allow for individual labs as small as 28 square meters all the way up to full floor facilities of 2,000 square meters. Small start-ups can grow, mature and expand their operations without having to leave the Blue Biotechnology campus yet still enjoy the prestige and quality environment of a much larger concern.
WLA worked closely with the architect to realize the campus plan which is based upon the idea of intersecting rings created when water droplets hit a placid pool. The rings themselves create the circulation pathways while the spaces in between form the areas for open space and building locations. The landscape architect contributed to the design and layout of vehicular and pedestrian circulation to assure proper scales and minimizing conflicts between pedestrian and vehicles. The goals of the landscape were to provide seasonal interest with groves of evergreens, allees of flowering trees, and bosques of Whitespire birches. Several water features dotted the landscape to provide a sense of place. Each water feature conveyed a different sensory experience – a large spray feature acting as an iconic campus element, a smaller fountain with waterfalls and warm materials in a secluded contemplative space, and finally two placid pools flanking the entry drive and viewable from two of the main lab buildings.
Construction commenced in 2011. The first phase was completed in 2012, and build-out continues to satisfy demand.