Schmidt Hammer Lassen breaks ground on LEED Gold-seeking incubator in Shanghai

September 21, 2017 by  
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A striking new high-tech building in Shanghai is going for gold— LEED Gold , that is. Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects just broke ground on the new CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters, an incubator for high-tech firms designed for LEED Gold certification. Engineered for climate control, the boxy green-roofed center will mitigate Shanghai’s muggy summers and bone-chilling winters with its stacked and staggered massing. Located east of downtown Shanghai near Hongqiao Airport, the government-backed CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park is one of Shanghai’s earliest high-tech business parks serviced by its eponymous metro station. The technological development zone covers an area of 14.5 square kilometers and is home to around 1,200 domestic and overseas high-tech companies. The CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters is Schmidt Hammer Lassen’s third project for CaoHeJing, following the firm’s transformation of an old office building into the CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator. Related: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects unveils competition-winning design for the Shanghai Library The CaoHeJing Guigu Creative Headquarters is made up of three stacked and staggered glass volumes connected with two external landscaped terraces. The divisible incubator studio spaces are located on the upper levels while the ground-floor volume comprises the main lobby, exhibition and event space, and a coffee bar. “The volumes are playfully staggered to create a combination of exposed and shaded external spaces that can be utilised at different times of the year in Shanghai’s variable weather conditions”, said Schmidt Hammer Lassen Partner, Chris Hardie. “By doing this we create a direct connection to exterior green space for the buildings occupants to use throughout the year.” Full-height glazing with operable windows maximizes access to natural light and ventilation to keep energy costs low, while deep overhangs mitigate solar heat gain in the summer. + Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen transformed a boring office building into a vibrant high-tech startup incubator

September 22, 2016 by  
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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. Related: Renovated Paris Rail Station Will House 1000 Start-Ups! 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

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