熊猫塔是 UDG. Atelier Alpha (联创设计集团 零号工作室)为成都大熊猫繁育研究基地扩建区打造的集观景、展示、游览为一体的文化新地标,同时也是将自然与科技结合的设计实践之作。

The Panda Tower is designed by UDG Atelier Alpha for the new campus of the Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding. It is a new cultural landmark that combines observation, exhibition, and sight-seeing. In addition, it is a work of practice that celebrates the combination of nature and technology.

▼视频,video ©Atelier Alpha

UDG . 零号工作室于2019年10月参与了该项目的全球方案征集,并于2020年4月确认中标。方案公布以来,熊猫塔因为其独特的造型而备受各界关注,项目已于2021年底竣工,熊猫基地新园区也于2022年元旦正式开园。

UDG Atelier Alpha participated in the global call for design proposals in October 2019 and won the competition in April 2020. Since the design was published, the Panda Tower has attracted the attention of various walks of life. The project was completed at the end of 2021 and the new campus of the Giant Panda Breeding Base officially opened on 1st January, 2022.

▼远景,distanced view ©存在建筑

▼瞭望塔外观,external view of the tower ©SIMON

▼通过竹影看瞭望塔,view to the tower through the bamboos ©存在建筑


The inspiration of the Panda Tower comes from the bamboo shoots. Widely distributed in the Sichuan-Chongqing region, not only are the bamboo shoots the favorite food of the Giant Panda, they are also considered one of the most popular food ingredients in the Sichuan cuisine.

▼概念草图,conceptual sketch

▼鸟瞰,下大上小,aerial view, the floor area becoming smaller when it gets higher ©SIMON


The main structure of the tower has 11 stories. There is a spacious viewing platform looking towards the central viewing area of the conservation park on each story. Without curtain walls nor gratings, the floor slabs and the buttresses are honestly exposed.

▼观景露台,sightseeing platforms ©SIMON

exposed floor slabs and supporting structure ©存在建筑

closer view to the facade covered by gratings ©存在建筑


The tourists can access the platform of the podium from the grand stairs in front of the tower. Alternatively, they can reach the main structure of the tower from the spiral walkway that goes along the landscape.

▼通过大台阶走上基座平台,access the platform from the grand stairs ©存在建筑

reach different levels through the stairs ©存在建筑


The main body of the tower is composed of the floor slabs and the arced structure units. The inspiration is the pedals of the hibiscus flower, the city flower of Chengdu. The number of the pedal slabs decreases in an arithmetic progression from the bottom of the tower to the top. Viewed from the central courtyard, the space demonstrated the beauty of mathematics.

▼花瓣式的弧形单元结构,curved units like pedals ©存在建筑

▼仰望中庭,look up at the atrium ©SIMON

closer view to the structure ©上:存在建筑,下:SIMON


Not only is the Giant Panda Breeding Base an organization that protects and studies the Giant Panda, it is but also a theme park in the Garden City of Chengdu that offers the visitors opportunities to interact with the pandas from a close distance. The Panda Tower provides the visitors with a lifted viewing platform. What’s more, it represents the natural totem of the culture of the region.

▼向外开放的首层空间,ground floor space open to the outside ©存在建筑

▼一层剧场,theater at the ground floor ©存在建筑


The top of the curtain wall system of the Panda Tower has a mechanical system that opens the façade units according to programmed angles and speed on special days, such as the birth of new Giant Panda babies, the return of Giant Panda from oversea facilities, and important holidays and festivals. The opening of the façade resembles the sprouting of the bamboo shoot. The interaction with the visitors is eco-friendly and uses clean energy.

sketch of the curtain wall system and construction process ©Atelier Alpha

▼开启实验,operation test ©Atelier Alpha

▼开启的塔冠,open tower top ©SIMON

closer view to the mechanical system ©Atelier Alpha


The Pada Tower is completely program-controlled. All the architectural elements are correlated through the constraints in the grasshopper definition. The geometric constraints define the space, the mechanical constraints limit the structural components, and the dynamics controls the retractable device. This rigorous system of mathematical constraints is the most important design gene of the project, as well as the base of aesthetics of the resulted space.

▼可开启的塔顶,operable tower top ©上:SIMON,下:Atelier Alpha

▼夜景,night view ©存在建筑

▼一层平面图,ground floor plan ©Atelier Alpha

▼二层平面图,second floor plan ©Atelier Alpha

▼三层平面图,third floor plan ©Atelier Alpha

▼六层平面图,sixth floor plan ©Atelier Alpha

▼八层平面图,eighth floor plan ©Atelier Alpha

▼十层平面图,tenth floor plan ©Atelier Alpha

▼立面图,elevations ©Atelier Alpha

▼剖面图,section ©Atelier Alpha

项目名称:成都大熊猫繁育研究基地 熊猫塔
设计团队:竞赛阶段方案团队:曾子,钱烈,雷云骐 ,郑益,陆国栋,史淑佩
设计深化/施工阶段团队:曾子,吴启晶,雷云骐 ,郑益,张楠,谭新宇,陆国栋,忻恺,卢洋洲,刘晨田,史淑佩,曹尚尚,张家启
摄影版权:存在建筑 ; SIMON
客户:成都天府绿道建设投资有限公司/ 成都大熊猫繁育研究基地
材料:Aluminum GRP UHPC GRC Glass

Project name: Panda Tower in Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Project type: Sight Viewing Tower
Design: UDG. Atelier Alpha
Contact e-mail: atelier_alpha@163.com
Design year: 2019.10
Completion Year:2021.12
Leader designer & Team:zengzi wuqijing qianlie leiyunqi
Project location: Chengdu China
Gross built area: 4785㎡
Photo credit: Arch-Exist; SIMON
Clients: Tianfu Greenway , Chengdu Research Base of Giant Panda Breeding
Marterials: Aluminum GRP UHPC GRC Glass