Shenzhen Yantian Technology Office Building
Shenzhen, China
November, 2014


Design Team

Craig Borum

Principals in Charge 

Craig Borum

Design Professionals

Andrew Wolking, Caileigh MacKellar, Maggie Shao, Dinghao Zhou, Shuqi He

Local Support

Shenzhen Heda International Design &Engineering CO.,LTD


The design proposal maximizes the visual amenities of the existing site through focused views that orient the interior spaces toward the mountains and the harbor. The different types of fenestration on the facades create a clear hierarchy of orientation. Three primary window types make up this composition. The majority of the facades are composed of actively calibrated translucent louvers that shield the interior form direct sunlight whale maintaining the uninterrupted views to the surroundings. The louvers are operated by a mechanical system programmed to track the changing position of the sun across the course of the day, providing maximum shading and maximum view. The building form wraps to the northern facades the pattern of louvers is maintained by the pattern and spacing of the window millions producing a site responsive but uniform appearance as shading is not necessary on the northern face of the building.

The most noticeable feature of the facades is several areas where the windows are organized in an intricately varying pattern of window boxes. These areas are located strategically to orient particular views either to the mountains or the sea while also providing a strong visual identity of the building from each vantage as visitors and employees approach from the surrounding streets.

These patterned window areas in contrast with the uniform but dynamic field of louvers surrounding them recall the significance placed on the detail and ornamentation of the traditional window in Chinese Architecture. The depth of the window frames and the geometry of the pattern recall the traditional patterned windows found though out China. The window frames a clad with terra cotta tiles also connecting the otherwise high tech and progressive appearance of the louvered system to the long tradition of Chinese building materials and the significance they have in relationship to the history of Chinese Architecture. In this way the design both respects the history and traditions of China's architectural legacy while simultaneously projecting a new progressive .future that incorporated advanced building technology to achieve new sustainable architectural possibilities.