Zaha Hadid Architects are on their way to design the greenest building of the city and mark forever the urban landscape of the Huangpu River.
Continuing their commitment to renewable energy and environmental conservation, the new CECEP headquarters in Shanghai has been designed to be the ‘greenest’ building in the city with sustainability embedded into every aspect of its design and construction to achieve more than 90 credits in China’s exacting Three Star Green Building Rating system – the highest score for any building in Shanghai.
Zaha Hadid’s first landmark project for the city dates back to a decade ago with the Sky SOHO project also known as Hongqiao SOHO, now home to Chinese leading companies like Ctrip. The Sky SOHO project was part of a trilogy architecture plan along Galaxy SOHO and Wangjing SOHO in Beijing. Inspired by its location close to transportation, the building reminds of a giant high-speed train with fusing powerful lines. Started in 2010, 4 years were needed to turn a blueprint into an architecture iconic landmark.
So what exactly is the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group? CECEP is one of the biggest company about renewal products, CECEP funds projects that focus on renewable energy. The new campus will be located next to the Yangpu Bridge on the Huangpu River and is expected to cover a total space of 218,000 square meters. It will consist of three office towers with shopping and dining areas.
This building will not only feature a jaw-dropping design, but its functioning will reflect the CECEP philosophy to infuse green energies into our lives. Michele Pasca di Magliano, project director: “We have developed some in-house tools to study the best massing and orientation of the buildings to ensure that the passive design is extremely efficient, minimizing solar heat gain and the façade-to-floor ratios. We have also worked very carefully on a shading solution that allows views towards the river while cutting out direct solar radiation.” The campus will also make use of a former sugar factory building from 1930 as part of the legacy of the project. The buildings will use rainwater for the irrigation of a park that will connect leisure and F&B areas together. Among other sustainable features photovoltaic solar panels will generate a considerable amount of energy and will reduce the overall energy usage needed for the structure to operate.
Shanghai has taken a 180 degrees. Back in 2010 the pollution index frequently peaked over 250, and oftentimes over-exceeding 300. Now the sky is bluer than it ever was the past decade and the city is leading some of the world major green architectural prowess of tomorrow. The construction of the building is expected to start by the end of the year and will be finished within the next 3 years. Congratulations to Zaha Hadid Architects team who did an outstanding job at winning the international competition, now the real work can begin for this new sight to see on the Huangpu River.