Caohejing Hi-tech Park , Caohejing Hi-tech Park Development Corporation (CHJ), start-up incubator, business incubator, Shanghai, green renovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, aluminum facade, perforated facade, natural light

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.

Caohejing Hi-tech Park , Caohejing Hi-tech Park Development Corporation (CHJ), start-up incubator, business incubator, Shanghai, green renovation, Schmidt Hammer Lassen, aluminum facade, perforated facade, natural light

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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.

+ Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects

Photos by Peter Dixie and Leiii Zhang