China Diamond Exchange Center, Shanghai Building, Pudong Project, Century Avenue Offices
Diamond Exchange Center Shanghai
Pudong Office Building, China – design by Goettsch Partners, Architects
8 Jan 2010
China Diamond Exchange Center Shanghai
China Diamond Exchange Center Opens in Shanghai
Goettsch Partners design connects two office components with full-height atrium
The China Diamond Exchange Center, designed by Goettsch Partners (GP), recently opened in Shanghai. Commissioned by Shanghai Lujiazui Development Co. Ltd., the 535,500-square-foot office building is located on Century Avenue, the main, 300-foot-wide boulevard in Shanghai’s Pudong district, the city’s modern financial and commercial hub.
The 15-story building provides space for members of the China Diamond Exchange, as well as other related and speculative tenants. In addition to office space on the upper levels, the building includes retail on the ground floor and a second floor that features the elevator lobby, exhibition space and a restaurant.
The building is conceived as two rectangular office slabs connected by a skylit atrium, with a large, 66- by 230-foot cable-supported net wall at each end. One tower is fully dedicated to the Diamond Exchange members and designed to provide them with secure transport from their below-grade parking spaces to their offices above. The adjacent tower serves the other tenants, with access through an open elevator tower in the center of the atrium.
The major tenants’ core business inspired the design, with diamond-shaped elements featured throughout. References are seen most prominently in the atrium’s glass skylight, the structural geometry of the entry canopy, and the main lobby floor.
The color palette of black, gray and red dominates the building and provides a cohesive image. The office slabs are treated in black, including the horizontal grille at the ends, which provides a monumental surface that disguises the intakes and exhausts of the mechanical system. Exposed metal elevator cabs, stainless-steel cables and other, more reflective surfaces lend a subtle contrast in gray. Select details provide punches of red, a color with positive connotations in Chinese culture.
The open elevator tower defines the focal point of the building, with three cabs traversing the atrium to sky bridges on each level that connect the two office blocks. The elevators’ activity is not only visible from the lobby but also from outside, through the cable-supported net walls running the full height of the building. This level of transparency adds a sense of energy to both the building and street life that is visible day and night.
Goettsch Partners is a Chicago-based architecture firm providing innovative architectural, interior, planning and building enclosure design services. With additional offices in Shanghai and Abu Dhabi, the firm’s work spans four continents.
Recently completed projects include premier office towers in Beijing, Chicago and Shanghai, and luxury business hotels in China, India and the United States. Select current projects include the 24-story vertical addition to the existing 33-story 300 East Randolph building in Chicago; Northwestern University’s new signature music building in Evanston, Illinois; a 214-room Wyndham hotel in the King Abdullah Financial District in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia; and a 3 million-square-foot office development in Abu Dhabi that features the headquarters building of the Abu Dhabi Securities Exchange.
China Diamond Exchange Center Shanghai images / information Goettsch Partners
Location: Century Avenue, Shanghai, China
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