The Alibaba Headquarters in Hangzhou establishes new international workplace standards in China, providing 150,000 square metres of flexible open plan office space within a campus style layout. Alibaba is China’s leading e-commerce company and operates the world’s largest online marketplaces for both international and domestic China trade. The dynamic campus accommodates approximately 9,000 Alibaba employees and has been designed to reflect the interconnection, diversity and vitality of the company. The master plan principles for the Headquarters are based on the concepts of connectivity, clarity and community – concepts that are also vital to Alibaba’s e-commerce business. These principles guided all design decisions from the single workstation to the greater workplace community. Developed collaboratively by a multidisciplinary team including HASSELL architects, interior designers and landscape architects, the campus is arranged around a central open space or ‘common’ surrounded by a cluster of buildings or ‘neighbourhoods’ that vary in height from four to seven storeys.
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