The facade of Zoomlion's new headquarters in China will feature a flapping facade that mimics butterflies, eagles and swimming frogs. As a symbol of their commitment to sustainability and their unique and progressive brand, the industrial vehicle manufacturer commissioned amphibianArc to design a transforming facade for the firm's science park in Changsha, Hunan Province.
Either end of the new building has a transforming facade made of hinged steel and glass plates that are mounted on hydraulic arms. The northern end is designed to mimic the flight of butterflies and eagles, which also represent fragility and leadership in Chinese symbolism, while the southern edge of the building folds down to resemble a swimming frog. The latter symbolizes prosperity.
Parametric modeling tools were used to design the moving facade, which will allow daylight to penetrate the interior. However, we worry that Zoomlion’s commitment to sustainability is more talk than action. The four-story transforming building that is expected to host exhibitions and product displays seems to us an excessive use of materials, although we would be seriously impressed to see this project come to fruition.