Jining Shandong’s New R&D Center

17th, Aug,2016 / By Logon

To have a different perspective of China’s development one can simply circle up city clusters right where the vast majority of the economy concentrates. Once these clusters are set on the map, we find out they are located in China’s East side. Along with Qingdao city, there are about 30 cities that cluster up Northwards from Shanghai; among all of them, there’s Jining city, in Shandong province, right where JiningFangyuan Mining R&D Center was successfully completed.

Since the Jining National High-tech Industrial Development Zone(a 255-square-kilometer
an area established in 1992) was elevated by the State Council into a state-level high-tech zone in 2010, it turned into the home of the national engineering machinery industrial base, photoelectric industrial base, biotechnology industrial base, and textile and new material industrial base. Thus, this development zone caught the eye of Fortune-Global-500 companies such as HP, Oracle, IBM, Komatsu, BASF, UMC, and Huawei, who were interested in the potential of this zone. In addition to that, the Jining Campus has turned this area into a hands-on hub for those undergraduates from elite universities like Shandong University and Fudan University, not to mention 160,000 students from a total of 57 vocational colleges.

The Project

After being successfully completed, the JiningFangyuan Mining R&D Center is expected to underpin the rapid development of the zone and consolidate its position as a state-level, innovative industrial base. Always focused on the local needs, this new mining R&D center is an office, hotel and retail development with restaurants, conference and training facilities. It is located next to Chongwen Avenue leading to the city center, on a triangular plot of land inside a commercial and residential complex. Although the site is surrounded by residences and areas that are yet to be developed, residences south of the site are now under construction and set to accommodate staffers at JiningFangyuan Mining Group to facilitate their work. A signal that shows this spot of Shandong province is not only growing but it does at a fast pace.


Not only are the towers the highest buildings in the area but they also serve as landmarks for the city since this project is comprised of two symmetrical towers set on two separated podiums with a total height of 128m.

The two podiums run parallel to the street, but the towers are slightly tilted towards each other, creating an architectural dialogue. The slightly curved north and south facades and their tops allow a dynamic and vibrant perception of the towers.

The towers feature the same façade structure, material, and design principle– as reflected in the horizontal solar shading system.

As for the parapets, these are not only an extension of the towers but also shelter the rooftop gardens from direct sunlight. The prefabricated components helped to reduce construction costs and were easily installed.

Furthermore, the major highlight is energy and space efficiency and easy maintenance, equipped with security systems. The curtain wall is built out of quality, energy efficient materials with a horizontal solar shading system that helps to reduce solar heat gains and keep the interior cool during summer.


As mentioned above, this project aims to meet the local needs at all levels for its inhabitants. Which is why each of the 23-story towers sits atop a 15-meter-high podium with 3 stories that feature R&D, training spaces, offices and other relevant functions as well as supporting facilities.

Tower T1 hosts a chain-affiliated hotel and an R&D center, with its podium made up of conference and training rooms of varying sizes.Likewise, tower T2 accommodates restaurants and R&D offices with its podium including a shopping mall. Additionally, a large-scale underground parking lot is designed to meet the needs of its users.


Last but not least, the landscape scheme is based on the “minimalist landscape design” concept. To put it in other words, the site can be seen as a mix of a big square and two towers with podiums. The traffic circulation depends on landscape elements rather than roadways. These elements can help separate entirely pedestrians and vehicles without the need for a road traffic system. This not only gives the city of Jininga new face but also integrates green spaces, and greenery contributes to a flexible,multi-functional urban area that is also pleasing to the eye.

Project Facts:

Project Name: JiningFangyuan Mining R&D Center

Client: Jining Yuan Zhong Yuan RealEstate Co., Ltd.

Location: Jining, Shandong Province, China

Address: ChongwenAvenue

Type: Office & Workspace

Function: Office, Hotel, Commercial

Service: Architectural Design, Consulting

Status: Completed

Site Area: 32,338 sqm

GFA: 101,287 sqm

FAR: 2.31

Height: 128m

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