NAUTA architecture & research is invited to organize a workshop- debate during the Shenzhen-Hong Kong Bi-City Biennale of Urbanism and Architecture in Shenzhen (CN), on January 25th-26th 2014.

In the last 2 years NAUTA has developed a method for the strategic re-use of the vacant office buildings in the European market. The methodology of the ‘Palazzi of Rotteram’ project could be applied in any country that, either currently or in the future, might be subject shrinking or vacancy problems. It is not unrealistic to imagine that the boom of construction in China, with large investments in office buildings, might open the future question of transforming those buildings into new multifunctional complexes.

Two years ago NAUTA has been invited to design the Zhuzhou Digital and Technology park, an office complex in Zhuzhou City which, according to the commissioned brief, should plan 80% of its new built area for office space. NAUTA researched the reasons to reduce the office space to 50%, making sure that the rest of the available surface would provide all necessary functions, such as housing, services, public facilities, school, sports, necessary to make the 40Ha development self sustainable and successful on the long term.

According to our studies, several Chinese business parks are currently developed with a percentage of office up to 90%.
What is the long term destiny of those satellite office cities? What would happen if new real estate scenarios or simply a temporary collapse of the market would empty those properties, with the consequent dilemma of how to re-use them?

While in Europe ‘Palazzi of Rotterdam’ is a tool to clinically solve the complex process of re-using vacant office buildings, in China the same research works as an ‘alarm call’, in order to develop new responsible projects, valuable through time. Such projects, if well planned, could help reduce urban pollution, avoiding the demolishment of potential vacant properties and extending their life cycle by transforming them into new hybrid functions.

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在過去的兩年裡 NAUTA在實踐中發展出一套再利用歐洲空置辦公建築的設計策略,我們在‘Palazzi of Rotteram’ 項目中採用的方法,可以推廣到任何今後可能面臨經濟蕭條或高空置率等困境的城市。即便對中國這樣經濟發展迅猛,辦公類建設需求旺盛的國家,今後也可能面臨考慮將單一商務街區向複合功能轉變的問題



在歐洲的背景下,我們在‘Palazzi of Rotterdam’中採用的方法能夠解決在再利用辦公建築過程中遇到的各種複雜問題,而基於中國背景的研究則將是防止類似問題再次出現的“預防針”,促進今後新的可持續發展的商務園項目。如果規劃得當,這樣的複合功能的商務園能夠減少城市污染,避免重覆建設,提升市場利用率。