Software company Giant Interactive’s new headquarters by Morphosis Architecture is a dream-like space that curls around a lake several canals. The unusually-shaped buildings incorporate a open floor plan to encourage interaction amongst the employees as well as interaction with the landscape. Like the Sun Moon Lake Center we profiled in Taiwan, this green-roofed gem is as organic as it is structural, and it makes strides to soften the experience of the built environment.
The project’s west campus green roof is what first caught our eye. The greenery helps reduce unwanted heat gain in the sprawling campus through both its thermal mass and evaporative cooling. A double façade and glass curtain wall incorporated into the buildings also helps dramatically reduce exterior heat gain — and thus the amount of energy used for cooling.