The Zendai Kuanyu Office and Apartment Complex is located at the intersection of Zhangyang Road and Taolin Road, on the west side of Yuanshen Sports Center in Pudong New District. The original design included a “European style” hotel and three apartment buildings. However, after Zendai Real Estate took charge of the development, they decided to change the hotel into offices as part of a redesigned office, commercial and residential complex.
The Pudong New District was and is at the forefront of China’s reform and opening up, therefore, it is very important that the public buildings in the district convey a modern, contemporary image. But for the redesign of the office building in particular, being an existing structure, it was important to achieve a balance between its traditional layout and a new up-to-date and distinctive facade design.
After repeated thought and experimentation, the completed elevations of the office building were retained while the internal functions were rearranged and a new facade skin applied that would change the perception of the form and create additional area. On the one hand, this expressed our respect for the original building, on the other hand, it allowed for the expression of a new visual experience. The texture of this skin is derived from the pattern of ice cracks found in traditional residential windows, and has been reinterpreted in modern materials, a metal mesh in this case. With well-considered combinations and transpositions, the facade skin has thus become like a fine silver veil, bringing new vitality to the building. The wall behind this metal mesh has been left relatively low-key, contrasting the bright texture of the metal mesh with deep tones and heavy texture.
For the apartment buildings, the large amounts of decorative elements on the facades were simplified, with some glass elements added to increase the appearance of lightness. There was also use of a novel building material, magenta ceramic panels with bright silver metal inserts, which highlight a modern and elegant quality.
Client: Shanghai Zendai Real Estate Co., Ltd.
Location: Shanghai, China
Site Area: 13,000 m2
Building Area: 63,000 m2
Completion Date: 2009