Guilin, China

Integral is a one-of-a-kind “industrial eco-garden” located in scenic Guilin in China’s Guangxi Province. The site of this large, state-of-the-art spinning and garment manufacturing plant is an area that was once marred by the operations of a brick factory in the past.

Integral’s design is a triumph of sustainability. Using a conservation-led development philosophy, RLP’s design team artfully restored the natural beauty of the damaged area, created a place where people, technology and the natural environment can co-exist in harmony. While manufacturing is still Integral’s focus, the site also includes a botanic garden with traditional natural dye crops, and eco-tourism functions, including an experience and learning centre.

Guilin’s unique landscape features and contexts – reflection, layering, colours, and textures – are tactfully revealed in the building massing and envelope design. The building clusters were thoughtfully designed to co-exist and create a dialogue with the re-created natural landscape. The architectural design language was also inspired by the local culture and materials and includes distinctive local blue bricks and bamboo panels. Before ground was broken, the site was intentionally left alone for a year to allow nature to begin its restoration work.

Integral reimagines how architecture, industry and nature can exist together over the long term. By combining technical advancement with sustainability, respect for nature and human-centricity, Integral is a pioneering model of how industry can create harmony and balance between nature and humanity while also ensuring the industrial advancement of society.

  • Green Building Award – Grand Award (New Building Category [Completed] – Commercial Building)
  • Green Building Award – Special Citation on United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (New Building Category [Completed] – Commercial Building)
  • Design for Asia Award – Bronze Award
  • Fortune China Best Designs
  • Architizer A+Awards – Popular Choice Winner (Factories & Warehouses)
  • MIPIM Awards – Finalist (Best industrial & logistics development)
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Architects – Finalist (Special Architectural Award – Architectural Sustainability)
  • The Hong Kong Institute of Architects Annual Awards – Merit Award outside Hong Kong (Industrial/ Transport/Utility Building)
  • A&D China Awards – Best of the Best (Commercial, retail & office)
  • A&D China Awards – Best of Category (Commercial, retail & office)
  • A&D Trophy Awards – Excellence (Commercial, retail & office)
  • MIPIM Asia Awards – Gold Winner (Best Futura Mega Project)
  • The American Institute of Architects International Region Awards – Honor Award for Architecture
  • The American Institute of Architects International Region Awards – Sustainable Future Award for Architecture
  • Green Building Award – Merit Award (New Building Category [Projects Under Construction and/or Design] – Commercial Building)
  • DFA Design for Asia Awards – Bronze Award (Environmental Design (Workspaces))
  • HKIA Cross-Strait Architectural Design Awards – Gold Award (Un-built Projects: Architectural Design Scheme)
  • The American Institute of Architects Hong Kong Chapter Honor and Awards – Merit Award for Urban Design
  • Cityscape Awards for Emerging Markets – Highly Commended (Commercial Project Award (Future))
  • 2014 / 2020
  • 511,800 sq. m.
  • 285,725 sq. m.
  • Esquel Group