Vanke R&D Center

Date. 2012
Location. Dongguan, China
Type. Research Center
Size. 2750 sqm
Client. China Smart Construction (Main Contractor)

Architect. GBBN

Owner Vanke


R&D Center for Vanke, a premium developer in China. A research center for pre-fabrication technology for the Chinese residential development market. Winner of 2012 America Institute of Architects Honor Award.

Design Scope of Work

  • Design and engineering of cladding sub-structure, panel, and fixing details
  • Engineering of steel structure
  • Design of waterproofing and weather barrier under the feature cladding
  • Site supervision for installation
  • Generation of fabrication drawings

Design Value Delivered

  • Application of generative modeling techniques in Rhino with Grasshopper module to allow rapid development of fabrication shop drawings.
  • With improved efficiency in the fabrication of glass and metal panels, material usage was reduced by more than 20% as a result.