China Mobile
Nature Campus

Using nature-based design to create the best place to work

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Fred Yuhe Zhang | 张宇和

Head of Chinese Market, Landscape Architect

Location

Nanjing, China

Size

165,000 m2

Year

2020 — 2023

Client

China Mobile

Role

Landscape design lead, masterplan and landscape design

Partners & Collaborators

Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

The landscape for China Mobile Nature Campus is designed as a central green nature park – right in the middle of a hyper urban context. The nature park will be the heart of the new Head Quarter of China Mobile, tying the office building plots together in one coherent nature-based design.

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We aspire to create the best place to work for China Mobile’s employees —

The nature park creates good working and living conditions for the employees by bringing nature into each employee’s daily work life and ensure that all employees are encouraged to connect, innovate and share knowledge together.

The China Mobile Nature Park is designed as one circular ecosystem that brings utility value, amenity value and branding value to China Mobile. With the design, we are pushing the nature park right up close to the buildings and even extending it onto the rooftops. The aim is to create a direct relationship between workspaces and nature, thus maximizing the healthy, creative, innovative and social effects of the park’s biophilic design – even when inside the buildings.

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The Nature Campus is a place where employees’ physical and mental health is in focus. This is not only good for the employees but also a good investment for China Mobile, as having healthy and happy employees will reduce illness and stress and attract the best workforce today and in the future. The Nature Campus has been designed to encourage employees to connect, innovate and knowledge-share. The park optimizes the micro-climatic conditions of the site so the outdoor season is prolonged, and the employees can enjoy and meet in nature all year around.

The landscape invites for flexible use: Whether it’s sipping coffee and reading the newspaper in the morning sun, having walk & talk meetings, organizing an outdoor workshop, informal brainstorms with colleagues, or engaging in sport activities after work which improves the employees’ physical wellbeing and the social network of China Mobile.

All this means that the Nature Campus will be a high-value business case for China Mobile and a need-to-have investment, not a nice-to-have expenditure.

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In the design, we have learned from Nanjing’s own ecosystems —

The nature park design learns from Nanjing’s existing nature by using regional materials, existing terrain and native plant species to create a local ecosystem within the Nature Campus. The ecosystem – consisting of local nature typologies: The River; The Flooding; The Open Land; and The Forest Mountains – is a celebration of Nanjing’s natural history and identity. The ecosystem is designed to handle rainwater and cloudbursts, reduce noise and air pollution, and improve the campus’ microclimate by creating optimal year-round working conditions in Nanjing’s humid subtropical climate – both inside and outside. Here it is possible for all employees to experience nature, have walk-and-talks, organize informal meetings or simply take a “brain break” and restitute one’s energy and creativity.

25.02.2021

China Mobile Nature Campus breaks ground

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Fundamentals

Have a look into the fundamentals of our office

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Roots

“A tree consists of three parts: Its foliage, its trunk, and its roots. All three parts are important for the aesthetic feeling of nature. But of these three I find the roots most intriguing, most…

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Sakuteiki
– The Book of Garden

Sakuteki – The Book of Garden is a manual, a textbook for Japanese gardeners in the 11th century. This introduction sounds like this: “In making the garden, you should first understand the overall principles. According…

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Atmosphere

“Atmosphere is a thin film of enclosure around our world. Without our vaporous, water filled atmosphere, life on Earth – or indeed life anywhere – would not exist. But atmosphere is also what you sense…

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Sound

“Sound. The soundtrack of our lives often passes us by without us noticing. But I have begun noticing the poetry of the noises around me. The rhythm and the song of the poet. The calling…

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White

“In the beginning was chaos. While the universe began to expand after Big Bang it also decreased in temperature. It became more and more ordered. With that order, the Universe changed its background colour toward…

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Essay: The Bark Room

“Bark is both living and dead, growing and cracking, a shell, a protective layer and an integral part of the wood’s tissue. It’s the bark structure and the way it peels, which separates the different…

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Mist

Mist is a phenomenon caused by small droplets of water suspended in air. Physically, it is an example of a dispersion. It is most commonly seen where warm, moist air meets sudden cooling, such as…

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