Giant Interactive Group Corporate Headquarters / Morphosis Architects

© Iwan Baan

Architects: Morphosis Architects
Location: Shanghai,
Client: Giant Interactive Group
Project area: 253,300 sqm
Project year: 2006 – 2010
Photographs: Iwan Baan

© Iwan Baan

The Giant Campus project is a compact village that accommodates diverse functions in a flexible framework of forms that move in and out of a folded landscape plane. Situated amid existing canals and a new man made lake, the undulating office building interacts with an augmented ground plane, joining architecture to landscape and environment to site. The East Campus office building contains three zones: open, non-hierarchical office space; private offices, and executive suites, which cantilever dramatically over the lake.

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Additional program is integrated into the lifted landscape, including a library, an auditorium, an exhibition space, and a café on the east campus. On the West Campus, additional program space-submerged below an expansive, undulating green roof- includes a pool, a multi-purpose sports court, and additional relaxation and fitness spaces for employees. The landform culminates to the west at a company guest hotel where glass-floored private bedroom suites project over a wildlife pond.

© Iwan Baan

Several plazas, carved from the landscape, provide outdoor break and recreational spaces for employees. At the south edge of the campus, a pedestrian plaza steps down to the water’s edge in a continuous outdoor walkway that provides pedestrian access to the lake. The main circulation spine, an enclosed walkway located outboard of the office building, bridges over the street connecting the east and west campuses.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

A range of features on the project maximize both energy efficiency and occupant comfort. The West Campus’s landscaped green roof provides thermal mass that limits the heat gain and reduces cooling expenditures. The façade’s double skin and insulated glass curtain wall minimize solar heat gain and improve overall efficiency. The central circulation spine, along with the recreational amenities and plazas provide opportunities for chance encounters and places for employees to gather without the confines of cubicles or unnecessary divisions. The narrow profile of the office building combined with a system of skylights ensure that employees have continuous access to natural daylight.

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Cite: "Giant Interactive Group Corporate Headquarters / Morphosis Architects" 22 Feb 2011. ArchDaily. Accessed 01 Apr 2015. <>
  • godryk

    I like it, really reminds me of Enric Miralles projects. I spent a lot of time analizing Miralles drawings (love the Miralles Croquis issue) and this project really makes want to study some drawings.

  • Nigel

    Hey, the google map isn’t right, it’s pointing at the downtown of this megacity but apparently the campus is not there…

  • Jonkizer

    This is why i love architecture!
    After the crash of 09 Tom shows us how it is done!

  • up_today_arch

    just good job!!!… fine piece of architecture…