An office building in Shanghai has been transformed into a modern innovation incubator for hi-tech start-up companies. The Caohejing Hi-tech Park Development Corporation (CHJ), one of China's leading real estate development companies, commissioned Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects to renovate the existing structure and deliver a sustainable design that would foster creativity and collaboration.
The incubator is located in the the CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park, a high-tech industrial development zone in Shanghai. It was developed as a pilot project of a series of shared office developments meant to nurture innovation in the field of technology.
The architects overclad the existing facade and wrapped the building in an aluminum skin coated with corrugated and perforated polyester powder. The new envelope provides insulation and shading to every workspace, while allowing optimal amount of natural light to reach the interior. The design team also introduced a central atrium that facilitates visual connections between the workspaces and encourages collaboration. A mural designed by Shanghai based graffiti artist, The Orange Blowfish, adorns the walls of the incubator.
Photos by Peter Dixie and Leiii Zhang