Shanghai, China | 2007 | Multipurpose buildings
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A  new Derivatives Development and Data processing Center

  • Client: Shanghai Futures Exchange
  • Prime Contractor and works management: AREP Ville in association with S. D'ASCIA, architect / SMAD (Shanghai modern architectural design)
  • Delivery: 2007

Awards and prizes

  • 2006 - 2nd China International Architecturale Biennale
This scientific complex is equipped with a powerful data processing centre along with a range of other activities: service activities, training and audio-visual activities, and a hotel and fitness centre.
Despite the highly diverse programme, however, it achieves formal unity in its block plan, which is reminiscent of a micro-processor. The dark terracotta squares on the façade, the gilded metal cladding on the gymnasium, and the glass encased services open to the public define the typologies of objects that naturally find their rightful place in this system. And while, in addition to its rigorous functionality, the image of the building projects the full extent of the institution's prestige and power, the image of the related omnipresent gardens running right down to the river testifies to the programme's genuine concern for environmental issues. The building covers a total surface area of 8.6 ha and includes:  computer rooms and storage areas, offices of the bank’s main DP services, a reception building with a restaurant, amphitheatre and multi-purpose room, a training centre (with a 400 seat amphitheatre), a 200 rooms hotel, relaxation areas, delivery and logistics areas, car parks,  garden and green areas.