Data Center of China Life Insurance, Shanghai Office Development, Chinese Architecture Images
Data Center of China Life Insurance
Shanghai-Pudong Building Development: Offices – design gmp
29 Oct 2016
Data Center of China Life Insurance in Shanghai
Design: gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects
Location: Shanghai, China
China’s largest insurance company occupies the building designed by gmp
A new Data Center in Shanghai-Pudong for China’s largest insurance company, China Life Insurance Company.
The interior design was also mostly created by gmp. The objective of the design was to convey, through the architecture, two important qualities which should be associated with a large insurance company: on the one hand, qualities such as trustworthiness, reliability, longevity and customer orientation, and on the other hand, the fact that the company uses data processing and state-of-the-art technology – i.e. that it is equipped for the future.
The project comprises 80,000 square meters of gross floor area and, in three buildings, accommodates offices and hotel and conference functions around the Data Center at the heart of the insurance complex. The functions are grouped into three succinct rectangular building volumes which relate to each other in a dynamic way, such that the open spaces in between are defined as generous entrance areas and inner courtyards.
Towards the outside, the ensemble is presented as one unit by virtue of a plinth structure which – partly with several stories and partly dissolved into bands – frames the buildings, the entrance plaza and the landscaping.
While this signals data security and confidentiality, specially designed openings to the courtyards create an atmosphere of openness, transparency and customer accessibility in several directions.
On the other hand, the emphasis on the glass envelope with its horizontal stepped bands highlights the technological symbolism, as it resembles the characteristic lines and offsets on the printed circuit boards of computers.
The ensemble is given its unique character by the horizontally structured box-type window façade of white and transparent glass strips that links all the building volumes and open spaces, creating a sense of uniformity. After a design and construction period of six years – which is on the long side for China – the complex designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) was completed in June 2015.
Data Center of China Life Insurance – Building Information
Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Project management: Kong Buhong, Martin Hagel, Hao Yanli
Competition design team: Jan Blasko, Rebekka Brauer, Wang Qing
Detail design team: Jan Blasko, Rebekka Brauer, Cai Lei, Fang Min, Gao Shusan, Martin Hagel, Hao Yanli, Kong Buhong, Li Zhaoying, Florian Wiedey
Client: China Life Insurance
GFA above ground: 79,000 sqm
GFA below ground: 45,000 sqm
Total GFA: 124,000 sqm
Data Center of China Life Insurance in Shanghai images / information from gmp · von Gerkan, Marg and Partners · Architects
Location: Shanghai, China
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