Technology campus, innovation center, data center
Status: built, competition winner / Location: Shanghai, China / Client: Shanghai Futures Exchange / Team: Silvio d'Ascia Architecture in assoc. with AREP & SMAD / Scope: full design services / Dates: 2005-13 / Surface: 94000m² / Cost: 120M€
Photos © T. Chapuis
The technology campus for the Shanghai Futures Exchange is located in the Zhang Jiang High-Tech Park, a new business district approximately 21km from the high-rises of Pudong in Shanghai. The complex proposes a sort of decomposed high-rise, transforming functions that would normally be found within a tower into a campus complex.
The enormous size of the project becomes apparent quickly - its site measures ten hectares (420x230m), bordered to the North by a main artery, Weisan Road, and to the South by the Zhaungjiabang River.
The campus includes fourteen separate buildings which total 94000m² in surface area, and which house production, research, development, and recreational activities. These functions are organized along pedestrian passages: some paved and some more landscaped, the organization meant to lightly recall the lines of electronic circuits joining different parts of a microprocessor.
The campus is separated into three constructed bands: (1) one containing office spaces (50000m²) in a rectangular volume divided into five sections by entry lobbies; (2) one central band with presentation buildings - the welcome center used for events and exhibits (4500m²), the sports complex (3500m²), and the data center (10000m²) to the West; (3) and a series of smaller, organically arranged buildings located in the park area (in close proximity to the river to the South) containing the conference center and its hotel tower (12500m²) next to the entry plaza, and three buildings for training and research (5500m²).
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