Shanghai Roche Expansion / EXH Design

For the extension of the Roche Pharmaceuticals building, EXH Design created a contemporary office environment with more links with light, air and outdoor space.  For the first stage of site expansion, the existing office building will be extended with two new, four level, parallel wings.  The building is made using reinforced concrete and has achieved the highest energy efficiency standards by using  triple glazing with thermally-isolated window frames, external sun shades, a green roof, and geothermal technology.  The two storey linking blocks tie the buildings together and house multi-functional traffic and communication areas such as reception spaces, cafes, post and exhibition spaces, and all meeting rooms, boardrooms and conference rooms.

More images after the break.


Client: Shanghai Roche Pharmaceuticals Limited

Location: Shanghai

Project Team: Erich Diserens, Xi Zhang, Sybil Wang, David Yin

General Contractor: M+W Zander

Cite: Cilento, Karen. "Shanghai Roche Expansion / EXH Design" 15 Feb 2010. ArchDaily. Accessed 22 May 2015. <>
  • nick

    very clean, very elegant, very crisp, very nice, very h&dem

  • Wade

    Other than the conf. room ceiling, this seems like a standard office park? What’s special or inventive here?

  • Ali Manco

    Mies back in business!

  • Macpod

    so it doesnt have the ‘BIG’ gestures but this is what China needs, good decent design and well constructed product. It’s also nice that it seems the detailed are resolved to a level not often seen in china.

  • Architist

    This is what China needs in architecture. A clean and well crafted peiece of work, from this they shall follow on.

  • Mac

    @Wade: you clearly have no idea how hard it is in China to build buildings with a high quality of finishes.

    Good, well detailed project!

  • ballistamagazine

    Couldn’t agree more with the proponents of subtlety of architecture in China. In my opinion, this is a background building at the forefront of design; not meant to stand out (like much of the contemporary work in China) but is incredibly successful at the same time. It’s really stunning when a building can be so technologically advanced in an honest, simple way. Consistently great work…