Shanghai SVW Technical Center | HPP Architects
Project Name: SVW Technical Center
Architecture Firm: HPP Architects
Contact e-mail: firstname.lastname@example.org
Completion Year: 2021
Gross Built Area: 41,900 m²
Project location: Luopu Road, Anting Town, Shanghai
Client: SAIC Volkswagen
Scope: Architecture Design + Interior Design + Landscape Architecture + Lead Consulting
Partner: Jens Kump, Yu Wei
Associate Partner: Gan Yuanzhe
Project Leader: Tao Tao (ARCH), Amanda Xu (ID), Kang Yi (LA)
Architecture Team (Competition): Wu Shouheng, Wang Lin, Wang Jingping
Architecture Team (Detailed Design): Zhou Zhixun, Wang Lin, Julian Caspar Puchmüller, Bao Weizhen, John Daniel Winstead V, Li Yaling, Yin Yanhua, Qiu Yilin
Interior Team: Li Ling, Xie Ruohong, Li Mengyuan
Landscape Team: Xu Yaping, Cao Heng, Ni Jingjing
LDI: Institute of Shanghai Architectural Design & Research (Co., Ltd.)
Structure Consultant: schlaich bergermann partner sbp
Facade Consultant: Shanghai Lewei Facade Design Co., Ltd
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▲ Aerial View of SVW Technical Center © Zhang Yong
Shanghai SVW Technical Center designed by HPP is officially open in August, pioneering the development of Anting International Automobile City in Jiading New Town into a global automobile manufacturing area. In 2018, HPP won the competition to design SVW Technical Center, one of the most significant projects in Anting International Automobile City. To match the image of SVW as one of the leading automobile companies in China, HPP uses the design concept of “Enterprise Gate” for SVW Technical Center. The architecture is comprised of two towers, connecting each other at the top and sitting on the south and north sides respectively. One side of each tower is rotated to maximize the view, embodying a sense of uniqueness to the shape of this office building.
▲ Built with the Design Concept of “Enterprise Gate” © Zhang Yong
The 12-floor office building rises to 60 meters with a total construction area of 41,900 square meters. The grand stairs on the east and west sides directly lead to the main entrance on the 2nd floor. The building integrates office, leisure, canteen, creative center, and other functions, where the canteen on the 1st floor has an independent entrance and the office area is set from 2nd floor to 11th floor. The top floor is VR Automobile Exhibition Room and Creative Center, overlooking the entire campus.
▲ Generation Diagram © HPP
The sides facing factories and rivers are more open, echoing landscapes nearby. The cable-net glass facade reveals a clear reflection on the water surface; the still architecture integrates into the surroundings with a gentle and delicate look.
▲ Architecture Integrated into the Surroundings © Zhang Yong
In the initial project plan, the space between the two towers is outdoor space, linked by four sky bridges, set on the 4th, 6th, 8th and 10th floor. It ensures smooth communications among different departments. To cater the client’s request for changing the outdoor space between the two towers into an enclosed space, two huge cable-net glass facades are added, forming a 9-floor high-rise atrium. After entering the building, the high-rise atrium brings a refreshing space experience to the visitors with a sense of formalness.
▲ Sky Bridges © Zhang Yong
▲ 9-Floor High-Rise Atrium © Zhang Yong
The cable-net glass facade of the high-rise atrium space is supported by an orthogonal system, which consists of main horizontal cables and supplementary vertical cables. Super white double laminated armored glass with a size of 1.500 x 1.125M is embedded into the system, shielding the building from rainwater and sunlight. Being environmentally friendly and economically efficient, it can adjust the indoor temperature and reduce energy consumption. Moreover, the cable-net glass facade system is also lighter and more graceful than steel-supported glass facades. A higher technical standard is also required to ensure the safety level of the architecture.
▲ Cable-Net Glass Facades © Zhang Yong
HPP also meticulously designs the metal drainage system on the glass facade, which differs from the decentralized traditional system by draining off the water outwards. Instead, rainwater is collected by an oblique plane inwards and drained to the ground through downpipes on both sides of windowsills. It minimizes the rainwater stains on the glass and ensures the brilliancy and cleanliness of the facades.
▲ Metal Drainage Systems on the Glass Facades © HPP
▲ Ordered and Scupturesque Facades © Zhang Yong
Designed from users’ perspectives, the internal spaces have free spatial compositions, multi-function combinations and natural colorations. The office building is divided into Concentration Area and Research Area. Based on the characteristics of different areas, a tea room and a creative space are added to respective spaces, enhancing domestic comforts of the office environment. Moreover, the color system used in the office area is light grey and brown with a sense of calmness. In the flexible working area, however, bright colors such as orange, green and blue are used to enrich the space, providing a lively spatial experience.
▲ Grand Stairs with Wooden Benches © Zhang Yong
▲ Reception at the Entrance © Zhang Yong
▲ Flexible Office Spaces © Zhang Yong
HPP creates “Enterprise Gate” for SVW, which not only embodies the leading position of SVW in the Chinese automobile market but also promotes the development of Anting International Automobile City and the industrial upgrading of SVW automobile chains in the future.
▲ SVW Technical Center at Dusk © Zhang Yong
Master plan © HPP
Skyline © HPP
Elevations E © HPP
Elevations S © HPP
Facade detail © HPP
Facade Drawing © HPP
Plan F1 © HPP
Plan F2 © HPP
Plan Standard F © HPP
Section AA © HPP
Section BB © HPP
Structure © HPP