Shanghai, China | 2007 | Multipurpose buildings
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A redefined and protective Data processing center 

  • Client: Shanghai Longhand Data Processing Center
  • Prime Contrator: AREP Ville, SMAD (Shanghai Mode Architectural Design)
  • Delivery: 2007

Awards and prizes

  • 2012 - 9th Model habitat China Architectural Design Competition
  • 2009 - Shanghai Excellent Engineering Design
China's third biggest bank and its data processing centre (the biggest in Asia and housing a unique mix of state-of-the-art high tech amenities coupled with an unprecedented programme that includes a hotel, an auditorium and leisure facilities) called for a refined, introverted building to offer bank personnel a large-scale oasis of calm in a fast changing part of the city.
The buildings, which are surrounded by streets, are set around a calm, luxurious interior garden. The façades are punctuated by shutters that filter the light. As in traditional Chinese palaces, the plan looks deceptively regular. Its layout is subtly enriched, however, by a doubling up of the north wing, and an east wing slightly set back from the rest, not to mention the dramatic lines of the reception building to the south-east of the site.

Data processing center ABC Video © AREP 2017 / Grzegorz Tomczak