The Jiangsu Food & Drug Administration was set up as the new headquarters for two of the independent sub-divisions of the Chinese health authorities: JSIFDC, which controls food and medicines, and JSMIT, which controls equipment for the food and beverage industry and the health service.
Apart from service facilities, the 20 storey building houses laboratories, test room and offices for 600 staff, plus accommodation for small test animals on the top three floors.
The building is a 100 metre high, streamlined and elegant landmark for the area, and the triangular shape is inspired by the symbolic value of the scales: authority and justice. The shape is repeated in the perforated facade design, that runs continuously around the building, a surface that also acts as sun screen on the glass facade.
All the working and staff areas are located along the facade, benefiting from natural daylight and a healthy working environment. The building is also designed as a sustainable and low-energy construction.
It breaks with the surrounding rectangular grid with its simple, slim and triangular shape across its site, providing a large garden area and open space on each side. All parking and handling of goods takes place in the basement.
The project won the Jiangsu Association of Civil Engineering and Architecture Excellent Design (honorable) Annual Prize.