Hangzhou Yuhang Cainiao Headquarters and Industry Park, Hangzhou property, Modern Chinese commercial architecture photos

Cainiao Headquarters and Industry Park in Hangzhou, China

27 September 2023

Architects: Aedas

Location: Yuhang District, Hangzhou, China

Cainiao Headquarters Yuhang District, Hangzhou, China

Photos by Terrence Zhang

Cainiao Headquarters & Industry Park, China

Located in Yuhang District of Hangzhou, Cainiao Headquarters consists of a 5-storey office building complemented with a plenitude of communal spaces. Aedas Global Design Principal Cary Lau and Executive Director Henry Chau have shaped the headquarters to a collaborative hub for Cainiao workers in Hangzhou.

Cainiao Headquarters entrance

Being the industry leader that provides worldwide logistics services, the headquarters sits to the west of the Future Technology City Yuhang. It is well-connected to the city through highways and metro lines, as well as natural attractions and green belt, providing high accessibility and rich landscape view.

Cainiao Headquarters Building

Layout planning with high connectivity

‘Inspired by space station, the planning emphasises ‘circulation’ and ‘connectivity’ to reflect Cainiao’s corporate identity and belief.’ Aedas Global Design Principal Cary Lau describes. A visitor centre is designed at the entrance as an easy access to workers and visitors. Adjacent to the centre is the main building where the diagonal connections planned inside enhance the accessibility and minimise the walking distance from each other. It is seamlessly linked by optimising the cores and elevations, and creates 4 distinctive internal courtyards connected by an atrium. A canopy corridor links all courtyards, offering all-weather access to all places starting from the entrance. The design creates a porous development, which enhances circulation and allows natural ventilation passing through.

Cainiao Headquarters China

Architectural design that resonates Cainiao’s identity

The entrance mimics the shape of a bird’s mouth to create a contemporary layered canopy. It echoes the design of visitor centre, adopting insulated low-E glass panels to bring sunlight into interiors and to minimise heat gain to create a people-centric work-recreate environment. The overall façade design draws inspiration from the company logo, a ‘Nest’ embracing the entire headquarters is formed by articulating the company logos. The repetition of pattern incorporates the logo and nest, and ensures the view and privacy of the interiors. It is also a metaphor of the seamless relationship between Cainiao, its partners and its powerful global network.

Cainiao Headquarters building design

Flexible interior working environment

Aedas Executive Director Henry Chau says, ‘The spaces are linked through the diagonal connection, offering a flexible and open working environment for the workers.’ With full-height glass, workers can enjoy sunlight and landscape view during working time. Numerous meeting rooms are designed and allocated within the whole building to cater different needs. Cantilevered meeting rooms are created to inject vibrancy to the headquarters and provide unobstructed courtyard view. To further strengthen communications and encourage collaboration, sufficient pantry and breakout space are evenly distributed.

Cainiao Headquarters Yuhang District, Hangzhou

Open communal courtyards

Four courtyards feature different functions, providing open communal spaces for company activities, F&B, recreational and wellness.

Cainiao Headquarters Yuhang District

East courtyard connects with the main entrance and includes a multi-function hall for holding large-scale events including the popular festival of 11th November. South courtyard incorporates lakeside view with sports amenities.

West courtyard consists of many F&B outlets and outdoor seats with a terrace, as a place for dining and socialising. Abundant greenery is included to provide a relaxing resting area for workers. North courtyard provides a serene garden that connects with the nature.

Cainiao Headquarters Hangzhou, China

The four courtyards are interconnected by a central atrium which serves as a communal hub for the headquarters. Sets of stairs and elevators are designed to ensure the connectivity and to lead the workers towards the atrium. Filled with sunlight and light-tone finishes, it is a place-making venue for entertainment and collaboration, and a cradle to foster creativity.

Cary says, ‘The headquarters project becomes a well-connected, powerful and elegant building, providing comprehensive working environment for workers. It sets the horizon of the company to enter a new era.’

Cainiao Headquarters Yuhang District, Hangzhou, design by Aedas

Cainiao Headquarters & Industry Park, Hangzhou, China – Building Information

Project Name: Hangzhou Yuhang Cainiao Headquarters & Industry Park
Project Location: Hangzhou, China
Client: Cainiao Smart Logistics Network Limited
Design and Project Architect: Aedas

Gross Floor Area: 164,286 sqm
Design Directors: Cary Lau, Global Design Principal; Henry Chau, Executive Director
Completion Year: 2023

Cainiao Headquarters

Photography: Terrence Zhang


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