Architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp Architekten) recently won a competition to design three energy-efficient office towers in Shanghai. Commissioned by China's largest real estate company Vanke Co., Ltd., these new offices feature key sustainable elements, similar to Vanke’s other major project underway in Xiamen. The winning design aims to achieve LEED Gold and will be one of the first office developments in China to be wrapped in a highly efficient closed cavity facade.
In addition to its emphasis on sustainable design, the real estate giant has secured a prime location for its new office buildings near the Shanghai South Railway Station. The 900,000 square foot offices will face a public park and 30% of the office space will be located underground. The three terraced buildings will be divided into five independent user units, each with their own access points and lobbies. Accessible green roofs and outdoor terraces offer views out to the Shanghai skyline.
The office buildings will also be wrapped in a double-skin facade, as known as a closed cavity facade, to reduce energy consumption by mitigating solar heat gain. The cavity between the two glazed facades provides both a thermal and acoustic buffer, while allowing daylight into the building. A series of horizontal cables and vertical bars wrap around the building to create a shimmering, silvery appearance.
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