Featured Habitat Projects

Isoftstone Science Park Development in Dalian

The project is Isoftstone’s regional HQ campus in Northeastern China, and a real estate development as the software company’s early experiment in real estate market. It is built on a hilly site in the picturesque coastal city of Dalian. There were total of three parcels: A is Isoftstone’s HQ with large offices buildings, small office buildings and retails; B has small and medium office buildings for lease or sale; C is primarily residential with 4 story to 7 story multifamily units. The total project has about 202.000 GSM in building area. 

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Rick Jin Senior Architect
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In biological terms, habitat refers to natural environment of an organism. In architecture terms, we use habitat to describe a broader  sense of man-made residential settings, i.e. places which people call home.
We feel that the term habitat helps to emphasize the vulnerability of built environment in relationship with the natural environment for human. It emphasizes the importance to maintain a balance of ecosystem. We believe a good home environment should provide easy and full access to clean air and water, should promote a healthy life style, and should provide inspiration for spiritual health.  For planners, architects and landscape designers and engineers, the qualities of harmony, self-reliance, vitality and sustainability are important for creation of new communities.
By habitat, we also emphasize the aspect of environmental stewardship and the need for protecting available resources in society. We feel a urgent need to revitalize existing communities and repairing the sick buildings.
By habitat, we emphasize the interrelationship of built environment and the idea of holistic design approach for projects of any size. Whether the residence is just an apartment duplex, a compound or an entire new town, it is always necessary to design to big-picture principles and relationship.

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