Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA
Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA - Cityscape, Facade
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  • Partners In Charge: Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
  • Collaborators: Ellen van Loon, Shohei Shigematsu
  • Associate In Charge: Michael Kokora
  • Team: Yang Yang, Wanyu He, Daan Ooievaar, Joanna Gu, Vincent Kersten, Yun Zhang, Kunle Adeyemi, Ryann Aoukar, Sebastian Appl, Waichuen Chan, Jan Dechow, Matthew Engele, Leo Ferretto, Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Alasdair Graham, Leonie Wenz, Richard Sharam, Laura Baird, Matthew Jull, Franscesca Portesine, Lukasz Skalec, Lukasz Szlachcic, Lukas Drasnar, Christine Svensson, Matthew Haseltine, Jaitian Gu, João Ferreira Marques Jesus, Alex de Jong, Santiago Hierro Kennedy, Klaas Kresse, Miranda Lee, Anna Little, Luxiang Liu, David Eugin Moon, Cristina Murphy, Idrees Rasouli, Korbinian Schneider, Wolfgang Schwarzwalder, Felix Schwimmer, Michela Tonus, Miroslav Vavrina, Ferdjan Van der Pijl, Se Yoon Park, Na Wei, Xinyuan Wang, Ken Yang Tan, Su Xia, Yunchao Xu
  • Competition Team: Rotterdam: Rem Koolhaas, Shohei Shigematsu, Anna Little, Christin Svensson, Jason Long, Carlos Garcia Gonzalez, Joao Bravo da Costa, Mauro Paraviccini, Mariano Sagasta, Bart Schoonderbeek, Konstantin August, Klaas Kresse, Kengo Skorick, Katharina Gerlach, Mendel Robbers, Hong Yong Sook, Beatriz MInguez de Molina, Martti Kalliala, Andrea Bertassi, Daniel Ostrowski, Yuanzhen Ou
  • AMO: Todd Reisz, Brendan McGetrick
  • Beijing: Ole Scheeren, Dongmei Yao, Hiromasa Shirai, Anu Leinonen, Tieying Fang, Pei Feng, Xinyuan Wang
  • L&B Quantity Surveyors: Law Hing Wai, Melody Huang
  • ARUP: Michael Kwok, Rory McGowan, Nancy Huang, Chas Pope, Kai-Sing Yung, Oliver Kwong
  • Structural: Chas Pope, Goman Ho, Xiaonian Duan, Chris Carroll, Robin Ching, Guo-Yi Cui, Andrew Grant, Yue Hao, Jonathan Kerry, Di Liu, Peng Liu, Hui-yuan Long, Alex To, Fei Tong, Matthew Tsang, Yu-Bai Zhong, FX Xie, Liang Xu, Ling Zhou, Façade Engineering - Gerald Hobday, Andy Lee
  • Project Management: Nancy Huang, Wei Gao, Penny Liu, Jerry Zhang
  • Vertical Transportation: Matthew Tang, Julian Olley
  • Lighting/Led: Steve Walker, Francesco Anselmo, Katie Hardstone, David Lakin, Florence Lam, Melissa Mak, Siegrid Siderius, Junko Umemoto
  • SADI: Meng Jianmin, Shen Xiaoheng, James Hong, Lin Zhenhai, Wu Chao, Wang Qiwen, Liu Chen, Li Hanguo, Luo Xin, Zhen Wenxing, Yang Baozhen, Zeng Zumin
  • Building Physics: Vincent Cheng, Isaac Tang, Raymond Yau, Rumin Yin
  • Building Intelligence: Patrick Leung, Michael Tomordy, Sam Tsoi, Henry Chan, Mark Chen, Jacky Lo , Wing-Shan Mak, Edwin Wong
  • Geotechnical Engineering: Mark Choi, Maggie Qing-Min Meng, Jason Ng, Wei-Guang Ruan
  • City: Shenzhen Shi
  • Country: China
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Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA - Windows, Facade, Cityscape
© Philippe Ruault

The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not material. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange is conceived as a physical materialization of the virtual stock market: it is a building with a floating base, representing the stock market – more than physically accommodating it. Typically, the base of a building anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. In the case of Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the base, as if lifted by the same speculative euphoria that drives the market, has crept up the tower to become a raised podium, defying an architectural convention that has survived millennia into modernity: a solid building standing on a solid base.

SZSE’s raised podium is a three-storey cantilevered platform floating 36m above the ground, one of the largest office floor plates, with an area of 15,000 m2 per floor and an accessible landscaped roof. The raised podium contains all the Stock Exchange functions, including the listing hall and all stock exchange departments. The raised podium vastly increases SZSE’s exposure in its elevated position. When glowing at night, it “broadcasts” the virtual activities of the city’s financial market, while its cantilevers crop and frame views of Shenzhen. The raised podium also liberates the ground level and creates a generous public space for what could have been what is typically a secure, private building.

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Lifted Podium Diagram
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The raised podium and the tower are combined as one structure, with the tower and atrium columns providing vertical and lateral support for the cantilevering structure. The raised podium is framed by a robust three-dimensional array of full-depth steel transfer trusses.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA - Glass, Facade, Beam
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The tower is flanked by two atria – voids that connect the ground directly with the public spaces inside the building. SZSE staff enter from the East and tenants from the West. SZSE executive offices are located just above the raised podium, leaving the uppermost floors leasable as rental offices and a dining club.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA - Windows, Cityscape
© Philippe Ruault

The generic square form of the tower obediently blends in with the surrounding homogenous towers, but the façade of SZSE is different. The building’s façade wraps the robust exoskeletal grid structure supporting the building in patterned glass. The texture of the glass cladding reveals the construction technology behind while simultaneously rendering it mysterious and beautiful. The neutral colour and translucency of the façade change with weather conditions, creating a mysterious crystalline effect: sparkling during bright sunshine, mute on an overcast day, radiant at dusk, and glowing at night. The façade is a “deep façade”, with recessed openings that passively reduce the amount of solar heat gain entering the building, improve natural day light, and reduce energy consumption. SZSE is designed to be one of the first 3-star green rated buildings in China.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA - Lighting, Cityscape, Facade
© Philippe Ruault

The 46-storey (254m) Shenzhen Stock Exchange is a Financial Center with civic meaning. Located in a new public square at the meeting point of the north-south axis between Mount Lianhua and Binhe Boulevard, and the east-west axis of Shennan Road, Shenzhen’s main artery, it engages the city not as an isolated object, but as a building to be reacted to at multiple scales and levels. At times appearing massive and at others intimate and personal, SZSE constantly generates new relationships within the urban context, hopefully as an impetus to new forms of architecture and urbanism.

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Address:Bin He Da Dao, Shenzhen Shi, Guangdong Sheng, China

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Cite: "Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ / OMA" 08 Oct 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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