New headquarters for pharmaceutical manufacturer Baiyu in China
Heidelberg - 16.2.2018
Baiyu Pharmaceuticals, the global market leader for Ginkgo medications, has commissioned io-consultants to plan and develop its prestigious new headquarters and production facilities in Chengdu, South-Western China. Built to facilitate Baiyu’s continuing growth, the new site will expand the company’s manufacturing capacities and R&D activities, as well as hosting its new 110,000 sqm headquarters.
The striking, wavelike building will feature hanging gardens that extend from the roof down each of the seven floors, which will contain a number of laboratories, a Ginkgo museum and a restaurant for staff and visitors, in addition to Baiyu’s R&D facilities.
Jeremy Hotchkiss, partner and architect at io-consultants, explains: “The innovative building concept combines Chinese and Western philosophies and sets new benchmarks both in terms of its design and the materials used. But our support for Baiyu is not limited to the building design. Together, we have also developed the company’s future corporate philosophy.” The architects of io-consultants created the extraordinary “Western-Chinese style” of the building in cooperation with Mr. Sun Yi, the chairman of Baiyu Pharmaceuticals. Featuring many characteristics of traditional Chinese architecture, the new headquarters nevertheless remains a truly modern Western building. The combination symbolizes Baiyu’s commitment to China, while emphasizing its future international outlook.
The partnership between io-consultants and Baiyu began in 2013 with the development of a greenfield master plan for its production and logistics buildings. During the detailed planning and implementation phase, io-consultants was also responsible for the cooperation with and support of the Chinese Local Design Institute. As well as advising on other design-related questions, io-consultants’ architects worked with Baiyu to develop concepts for the interior design, the design of the outer premises and, at the client’s specific request, even a new corporate design. The project is scheduled to be completed by December 2018. The successful partnership between io consultants and Baiyu Pharmaceuticals is set to grow further, with the company putting io consultants in charge of planning the greenfield construction of a new API facility and a master design for an incubation center.
To celebrate the Chinese New Year and in honor of Mr. Sun’s New Year’s speech to the company, io-consultants sent a video greeting by Jeremy Hotchkiss to China: