Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects completes Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects has completed an overhual of an existing office building in Shanghai into an innovation incubator for Hi-Tech start-up companies.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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Located at the CaoHeJing Hi-Tech Park, in aim to support and nurture local start-up companies, the incubator is a pilot project of a series of shared office developments in the area by the client.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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Commissioned by CaoHeJing in 2014, Schmidt Hammer Lassen architects’ proposal was to overclad and unify the existing rendered concrete facade utilising a corrugated and perforated polyester powder coated aluminium skin.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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The facade concept allows for a simple and clean expression of openings within and behind the perforated aluminium, providing shading to every workspace whilst optimising both view and daylight.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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The facade also facilitates the increased insulation build-ups and the integrated approach to new and existing services whilst enabling these to be hidden from everyday view.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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The second key design strategy was to open up the existing deep plan of the building, creating a new atrium through the middle with connected views and much improved daylighting.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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This new atrium space becomes the heart of the entire project, creating opportunities for collaboration and visual connection.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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Along with key new public circulation, it contains break out spaces, a cafe bar, hanging meeting boxes and connections to the external green terraces.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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The incubator also features a site specific mural designed by Shanghai based graffiti artist, The Orange Blowfish. Source by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects.

Hi-Tech start-up incubator space in Shanghai
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  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Landscape Architect: Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
  • Collaborating Architect: UDG
  • Structural Engineer: UDG
  • Client: CaoHeJing High Tech Park
  • Area: 1,977m2
  • Year: 2016
  • Photographs: Peter Dixie, Leiii Zhang, Courtesy of Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects
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