Steven Holl Architects has unveiled their latest LEED Platinum-targeted design for China, this time in Shanghai’s rapidly developing Fengxian District. The proposed Cultural and Health Center comprises two green-roofed energy-efficient buildings and will serve as a community hub for the surrounding neighborhood. The porous and curvaceous white facades of the building draw inspiration from clouds.



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Commissioned by China’s largest food processing company COFCO, the Cultural and Health Center will be located in a park set next to the Punan Canal. The cloud-shaped, community-oriented design draws inspiration from “Clouds & Time,” a concept introduced in philosopher Karl Popper’s famous 1965 lecture on the evolutionary model of free will. The building’s many openings and circulation paths appear to promote free movement.

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Elevated on a glass base, the Cultural Center is the larger of the two buildings and houses a library, gym, exhibition areas, and recreational facilities. A circular plaza with a pool that uses rainwater recycling is located between the two buildings. The Health Center, which sits opposite the Cultural Center, contains a health consultation and education center with pharmacy, consultation and examination rooms, a nursery, and lounges. Both buildings will be topped with green roofs and will use geothermal cooling systems to achieve LEED Platinum certification.

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Via ArchDaily