Iconic Design. Maximum Efficiency.
INTERROLL SUZHOU WORKSHOP PROJECT
As the world’s leading supplier of material handling solutions, Interroll’s products are used in many industries. In order to better meet the huge demand and long-term growth in the Asia Pacific region, especially in China, Interroll (Suzhou) Co., Ltd. commissioned VIRTUARCH to take the responsibility for the overall architectural design of the new factory in Suzhou.
Industrial Building Design: Functionality and Identity
The new manufacturing location will be at the intersection of Guangsheng Road and Huipu Road in the Suzhou Industrial Park (SIP) development zone. It covers a construction area of 25,821 square meters, it has a floor area ratio of 1.29 with a building density of 65%, and a greening rate of 15%. Inside the factory, functional areas are divided into workshops, office areas, exhibition halls, warehouses and auxiliary function areas.
This move will increase Interroll’s production capacity and pave the way for future growth in the Asia Pacific region. In-depth discussions with the management were part of the process to understand the needs and requirements of the group for the construction of the new factory. “We are preparing for running a state-of-the-art location with improved capacities and new production processes here, which also puts emphasis on the needs of customers and employees,” says Benchun Xia, President Asia, Executive Vice President of the Interroll Group.
Flexibility for Future Growth
The whole site was planned with high flexibility to be completed in two phases. Phase 1 covers a construction area of 22,752 sqm, mainly including offices (3,775 sqm), a workshop (12,740 sqm) and a warehouse (2,880 sqm). In Phase 2 the construction area of the workshop is increased by 3,069 sqm to meet the future production needs.
Form Follows Function – Integrating Image and Functionality
The entrance of the office is an iconic round-shaped building reminding of a roll, the core of Interroll’s business.
The main entrance is prominently located, overlooking the crossroad and is articulated as a big cylinder. The visitors are greeted in a big double story lobby with a view into the showroom. The board room sits on top of the lobby, offering a panoramic view of the surroundings. The main façade facing West is equipped with vertical metal louvers, recalling the expression of the transport systems of Interroll, while functionally protecting the office building from too much sunlight and heat.
The entire factory design has an energy-saving concept; the production floor is illuminated with daylights through large shed roofs while the heat of direct sunshine is kept out of the building. This design also allows the production building to be naturally ventilated, with the effect that operation costs are kept low thanks to energy savings, while comfortable workplaces have been created.
PROJECT NAME: INTERROLL, SUZHOU
CLIENT: INTERROLL GROUP
LOCATION: SUZHOU CITY, JIANGSU PROVINCE, P.R. CHINA
INDUSTRY SECTOR: INDUSTRY
PROJECT SIZE: 25,821 sqm
PROJECT DATE: 2019-2020
SERVICES: ARCHITECTURAL DESIGN