green energy
ZEROenergy building
architecture & landscape

New District, Wuxi - Jiangsu Province/ P.R. China
"Green Zero-Energy Building"
Office, Recreation & Production
Headquarters of Suntech Solar Power System CO Ltd.
60.000 m2
Realization 2006 - 2009

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Suntech Headquarters Wuxi -  Image: © transbanana & partner
Green Zero-Energy Building - Suntech Headquarters - transbanana work
Image: © transbanana & partner

The Green Zero-Energy Building - in China also called
"The Eco-building" -
is the new corporate Headquarters from Suntech Ltd. in Wuxi.

Green / Zero-Energy Building Suntech / Headquarters Suntech Wuxi  - The fingers: part with offices - Image: © transbanana
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Green Zero-Energy Building Suntech - Office Building Image: © transbanana
Green / Zero-Energy Building Suntech / Headquarters Suntech Wuxi _ The fingers: part with offices - © transbanana & partner
Green Zero-Energy Building Suntech - Office Building - Image: © transbanana & partner
The Building consists out of 3 elements:
The hall of production forms the main body of the building. Both, the office building as well as the recreation center, kind of grow out of the main part like a head.
Suntech Headquarters Wuxi -  Concept Diagram - Image: © Margarethe Mueller
Body + Head + Skin = Building
1. Body:
The new production hall is attached to the existing one. With its four floors the new hall form a compact structure.

2. Head:
The office building and the recreation center are built out of single storey organic stratums, which grow out of the new production hall in the south. The plan of each stratum, each floor, depends on different requirements concerning structure and surface of the offices, different needs of light as well as on the recreation program.

3. Skin:
The head with its kind of floating rooms cannot exist without any additional energy regulating measures. Therefore, it is surrounded by an „oxygen mask“. This additional cover made of glass surrounds both, the office building and the recreation center, and uses to full capacity the maximum volume of the building site.

A second skin (green skin) covers the building: In the south a large solarpower station collects the energy from the sun. In 2009 it was the largest on-grid photovoltaic facade worldwide.

Section of Green Zero-Energy Building - Suntech Headquarters Wuxi -  Image:© transbanana & partner

Possible Extension (white) - Production (red + pink) ) - Office (blue + grey)
Section of Green Zero-Energy Building
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Solar Panel - Facade Green Zero-Energy Building - Suntech Headquarters Wuxi - Image: © transbanana
Solar Panel - Facade Green Zero-Energy Building - Suntech - Image: © transbanana
"Suntech announced the opening of its new, state of the art solar headquarters in Wuxi, China. The 18,000 square meter officebuilding incorporates the world's largest on-grid photovoltaic facade system, with over 2,574 semi- transparent Light Thru(TM) solar panels and an annual power output of over 1 million kilowatt hours of electricity. The solar energy produced will save over 600 tons of carbon emissions every year."
...................................................................... .... ..Source: Suntech Power Holdings Co. Ltd.

© transbanana & partner - Margarethe Mueller & Walter Kletzl
in Cooperation with Mario Buchegger + Wolfgang Wieser