Flower Building: a green office solution near Shanghai's airport
Dutch architectural office MVRDV reached the second phase of the masterplan targeted at the urban renewal and construction of the surroundings of Shanghai Hongqiao Airport. The project aims at making the area otherwise interwoven by high-speed expressways and large boulevards more human by including pedestrian streets, parks, and green plazas. The development also incorporates a line of new office blocks, from which the Flower Building has recently been finished and put to operation.
The 15 000 sqm structure meets entirely the standards set by the 'Chinese Green Building Labe'l, reaching the highest, 3-star rating. The eco-friendly factor is due to insulation solutions, optimised form, natural ventilation, rainwater collection, and urban heat island effect. The structure consists of 4 separate towers that are connected on the top; this solution not only provides a green rooftop garden (home of local species) but also shaded, intimate plazas below.
The building's self-shading mechanism is reinforced by the towers’ cantilevered shape. Their rounded, almost circular form minimises flat facades, thus the highly insulated GVC panel cladding is even more efficient. The huge windows on the groundfloor make great retail spaces; moving upwards, however, openings become smaller, which leads to lower energy consumption.
The clever, sustainable mechanisms applied for the construct are not only efficient, but the Flower Building is a pleasure to the eye and a soothing experience for the soul in the midst of traffic-turmoil with its village-like open plan, and bright outdoor spaces.
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