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Huge “light cannons” funnel daylight deep within this ultra green eco city in China

Giant “light cannons” funnel natural light deep within this new high-tech “eco city” in China. NBBJ designed the Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center as an incubator for innovative technology and environmental companies. To strengthen the project’s sustainability, the design team included green roofs, water retention systems, natural ventilation, responsive facades and geothermal conditioning.

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Photo by Paul Dingman

The Nanjing Eco-Tech Park includes an exhibition hall, research offices and residential buildings. The Exhibition Center welcomes visitors a they approach the island from downtown Nanjing. The peaks on the building’s roof each have an oculus that funnels natural light inside the structure. The complex consists of eight, pentagon-shaped office buildings with large interior courtyards.

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Photo by Paul Dingman

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The architects conducted light studies to come up with optimal daylighting and shading strategies for different times of the day and year. Light gets diffused by the cone geometry of the light cannons, while the overhangs function as passive solar shading devices.

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Photo by Paul Dingman

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The Exhibition Center is the first structure to be built on the island, and it has received the MIPIM Asia Best Chinese Futura Project Bronze Award.

+ NBBJ

Via World Architecture News

Lead photo by Paul Dingman

Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing Eco-Tech Park, NBBJ, oculus, tech incubator, light cannons, LEED certification, China, Nanjing, green campus, green exhibition space, courtyard, daylighting, solar shading, overhang
Photo by Terrence Zhang
Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing Eco-Tech Park, NBBJ, oculus, tech incubator, light cannons, LEED certification, China, Nanjing, green campus, green exhibition space, courtyard, daylighting, solar shading, overhang
Photo by Terrence Zhang
Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing Eco-Tech Park, NBBJ, oculus, tech incubator, light cannons, LEED certification, China, Nanjing, green campus, green exhibition space, courtyard, daylighting, solar shading, overhang
Photo by Terrence Zhang
Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing Eco-Tech Park, NBBJ, oculus, tech incubator, light cannons, LEED certification, China, Nanjing, green campus, green exhibition space, courtyard, daylighting, solar shading, overhang
Photo by Terrence Zhang
Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing Eco-Tech Park, NBBJ, oculus, tech incubator, light cannons, LEED certification, China, Nanjing, green campus, green exhibition space, courtyard, daylighting, solar shading, overhang
Photo by Terrence Zhang

Nanjing Eco-Tech Island Exhibition Center, Nanjing Eco-Tech Park, NBBJ, oculus, tech incubator, light cannons, LEED certification, China, Nanjing, green campus, green exhibition space, courtyard, daylighting, solar shading, overhang
Photo by Terrence Zhang

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