Ascentage Pharma

Design: 2018-2019
Construction: 2019-Ongoing

Ascentage Pharmaceutical Headquarters is an institutional complex in the Science and Technology District of Suzhou, China, with architecture that reflects the cutting-edge culture of the Hong Kong listed company’s biotech research within. The multitude of programmatic spaces accommodates Ascentage in its medical advancements to improve the lifestyles of a future generation afflicted with diseases once thought untreatable or incurable.

Open, clean and modern, the public and private volumes are discrete shapes, elevated in a floating composition above a reflecting pool facing the main Xincheng Boulevard. The tallest volume, the R&D and Administration Building, boarders the intersection of Xincheng Road and Jinfang Road on the busy southwest corner, creating the visual public face of the corporate complex.

The facade of each volume is engineered to allow for optimal balance of visual transparency and privacy, using the geometry of a hexagon. Deriving from the benzene ring of the skeletal formula used to annotate bonds of molecules, the source form of a hexagon unifies each independent volume into a comprehensive whole. High-tech form and facilities, with ample diffused natural light filtering from the translucent roof establish both a campus and new identity for Ascentage Pharmaceutical.