Frankfurt, 14.05.2019 - schneider+schumacher has won first prize for their design for the Zhaolian headquarters, beating off competition from several other renowned architectural firms.
Qianhai, the modern service zone in the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen, has been under construction since 2010. schneider+schumacher has already built the Justice Center on a 14-hectare site in the metropolis. A further project there, the TCC high-rise, is also currently being planned.
Zhaolian_exterior view, Image Courtesy © schneider+schumacher
Now the office has again won a competition for a building in Qianhai. The 180-metre high office tower is characterised by an austere façade, while the interior design expresses dynamism and communication. This reflects the essence of the young and aspiring financial services provider MUCFC, a subsidiary of China Merchants Bank and China Unicom, whose headquarters will be housed in the new building.
Zhaolian_interior view, Image Courtesy © schneider+schumacher
The lower block opens onto the city with something that resembles a shop window. This is where the public areas and restaurants will be located, plus the staff area with a fitness centre, office canteen and conference rooms. The offices are placed above this block, which MUCFC shares with other tenants. The aim of the design was to provide a communicative, vertical office city. The atrium and the offset office levels offer visual links between the various departments inside the building. In place of individual cells, there are open-plan office spaces that can be divided through zoning.
In contrast to its stringent outer shell, the interior space is designed around the movement of people, creating organic forms. The interior of the Zhaolian Tower is thus animated, based on the principle: hard shell, soft core.
About schneider+schumacher China
Following the successful German-Chinese collaboration between the Frankfurt team and Nan Wang working on Hangzhou Civic Centre, a branch office of schneider+schumacher was established in Tianjin in 2012.
Since then, the office has worked on numerous Chinese projects in close collaboration between Frankfurt and Tianjin.
The office has already completed the Teda High School building in Tianjin and the Justice Centre in Shenzhen. Recently, the office won two further competitions: the TCC Tele Communication Centre, and the company headquarters for Zhaolian, both located in the southern Chinese metropolis of Shenzhen. These are currently being planned.
Management: Michael Schumacher, Joachim Wendt, Nan Wang
Over the past 30 years, schneider+schumacher has completed well over 100 building and urban development projects, as well as countless product development projects at its three locations. The planning spectrum spans from residential buildings to industrial construction projects, ranging from a motorway chapel to a high-rise, and from a museum to a particle accelerator. schneider+schumacher is represented in Frankfurt am Main/Germany, Vienna/Austria, and Tianjin/China.
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