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NBBJ has unveiled a 250-meter-high, two-tower campus that will become Tencent’s main headquarters at the Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park upon completion in 2016. As the world’s third-largest internet corporation, and 2013’s most innovative Chinese company according to FastCo, Tencent hopes the new campus will serve as a vibrant workplace for an expanding workforce of 12,000 employees.
With two towers, ranging from 192- to 250-meters high, the campus will be connected by three sky bridges to “activate movement and exchange within the workplace.”
Each bridge will be designed to support its own unique theme. For example, the highest bridge, suspended nearly 180-meters above the tech district, will be centered around a theme of “knowledge” and feature libraries, conference rooms and other amenities that support learning. The second highest connection will revolve around the theme of “health,” providing basketball courts, swimming pools and other fitness programs to employees. In contrast, the third bridge will serve as an extension to the building’s plinth.
“Energy strategies reduce consumption and carbon emissions by 40% over a typical office tower,” described NBBJ. “In addition, the slight rotation of the towers and their offset heights capture the site’s prevailing winds, ventilating the atria while minimizing exposure to direct sun. To control glare and heat-gain, the curtain wall incorporates a modular shading system that varies according to the degree of sun exposure."