landscape architecture · urbanism · planning

Envision Smart Energy Campus, Nanjing, Jiangsu, China


Envision Energy is a China-based multi-national renewable energy company with research, business and development centers in Denmark, China, Japan and the United States. The goal is to bring together the variety of knowledge and talent within Envision, and beyond, to innovate and push the boundaries of renewable energy development and the smart energy management. The planned mixed-use campus arranges over 400,000m2 of space to live, work, play, and shop, relax, worship, recreate, bond and learn. Development locations respond to site’s topography. Architecture is either nestled in valleys, an expression of topography or a more iconic punctuation in the landscape. Existing agriculture is evolved into a state-of-the-art organic farm. Disrupted hydrology, topography and ecosystems are restored while preserving the site’s rich vegetation, wildlife habitat and biodiversity. In addition to research and development enterprises, academic institutions like Stanford University, MIT and Tsinghua University, are planned to establish applied research extensions. The plan integrates opportunities for demonstrating leading-edge technologies for both generation and conservation of renewable energy. The campus itself employs high levels of sustainable practices and is designed to exist off the grid on all levels and achieve a LEED Gold or greater certification.

SWA Group, Scott Slaney, FASLA, Design Principal, Principal-in-Charge

Prime Consultant, Master Planning and Conceptual Design for Landscape, Architecture, Infrastructure and Sustainability

Client: Envision Energy Ltd.

OC Architects, Herrera Environmental Engineering, Deep Green Engineering

Date Complete: 2014

Area: 250 acres (100 hectares)

Regional Connectivity through Public Transportation, Mixed-use Development, Walkable / Bikeable, Alternative Fuels Transportation, Renewable Energy Generation, Energy Conservation, Energy Management, Waste to Energy, Cogeneration, Solar, Wind, Micro-Hydro, Piezometric, Geothermal Heating and Cooling, Daylighting and Natural Ventilation, Waste heat Recovery Ventilation, Earth Coupled Cooling and Heating, Water Re-use and Harvesting, Water Quality and LID, Storm Water Management, Grey Water Re-Use and Recycling, Biological Waste Treatment, Permeable Surfaces, Pollutants Filtration, Habitat creation, Wildlife Corridors and Bridges, Local Organic Agriculture, Tree Preservation, Native / Naturalized Landscape, Low Water Consuming Landscape, Green Roofs, Local Materials