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  7. Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia

  • 01:00 - 21 March, 2014
Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia
Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia, Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia + 18

  • Architects

  • Location

    Shanghai, China
  • Design Team

    Silvio d’Ascia Architecture with (avec) AREP
  • Area

    94000.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2013
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

Text description provided by the architects. The data processing center for the Shanghai Futures Exchange is located in the Zhang Jiang High-Tech Park, a new business district approximately 21 km from the high-rises of Pudong. The complex interprets the logic of a computer motherboard on an urban scale. The enormous size of the project becomes apparent quickly - its site measures ten hectares (420 x 230 m), bordered to the North by a main artery, Weisan Road, and to the South by the Zhaungjiabang River.

Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

Deriving inspiration from the digital age of super computers, the 94,000 m² data center is composed of fourteen buildings housing production, research, development, and recreational activities. These functions are organized as computer chips within a motherboard and the site is traversed by a pedestrian path, itself recalling the lines of electronic circuits joining different parts of a microprocessor.

Sections
Sections

The complex is divided into three "constructed bands" : (1) one containing office spaces (50,000 m²) in a rectangular volume sliced into five sections by entry lobbies ; (2) one central band with presentation buildings - the welcome center used for events and exhibits (4,500 m²), the sports center (3,500 m²), and the data center (10,000 m²) to the West ; (3) and a series of smaller, organically arranged buildings located in the park area (in close proximity to the river to the South) containing the conference center and its hotel tower (12,500 m²) next to the entry plaza, and three buildings for training and research (5,500 m²).

Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

The building facades are inspired from ancient Chinese geometrical shapes, specifically through their use of binary signs which are traditionally arranged in various ways as a means to understand the laws of the universe. These geometric creations are formed by manipulating two smaller rectangles (Yin) and one larger one (Yan) - the composition leads to various configurations of three parallel lines, each possessing a unique interpretation.

Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia
Courtesy of Tristan Chapuis and Silvio d’Ascia

This geometric concept is also a reference to the digital realm and era of the pixel, and forms a complementary visual element to the numerous ventilation ducts required by the buildings' server rooms.

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Cite: "Shanghai Futures Exchange Data Processing Center / Silvio d´Ascia" 21 Mar 2014. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/488310/shanghai-futures-exchange-data-processing-center-silvio-d-ascia/> ISSN 0719-8884
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