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NEXXUS Building / AIM Architecture

NEXXUS Building / AIM Architecture

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  • Design Principals: Wendy Saunders & Vincent de Graaf
  • Project Architect: Vincent Zhou, Javier Paz Taibo
  • Project Management: Lisa Ngan
  • Design Team: Jiao Yan, Jin Kang, Shirley Woo, Sophia Wang
  • Ff&E Team: Sowon Lee, Baoer Wang
  • Client: Sandhill
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Text description provided by the architects. AIM’s projects usually start from within, also here, where we created a hybrid work landscape with shared functions and a commercial ground floor that adds amenities to work landscape. But in this case, very quickly the focus moves to the outside. How should this building interact with its surroundings? Can this building stand out in a sea of sameness? And can the façade contribute to its interior environment so it’s not just a cosmetic intervention?

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© Dirk Weiblen

Located on a fast pace busy road we wanted to make use of this movement by making a façade that changes depending on what side you are approaching it from. A zigzag façade with different glass colors and different transparencies changes the image of the building when you pass by. Approached from the north, the building is very transparent, and while you drive past, the façade starts to ‘close’ as you see the metallic copper printed glass more or vice versa.

facade diagram
facade diagram
façade detail north facing
façade detail north facing

Adding a second skin to the building, allowed us to renovate with some of the existing tenants in. It greatly reduces the roads noise impact, and with the zigzag-shaped façade, we can reduce sun impact and heat gain from the south, while offering clear views towards the north.

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© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen
© Dirk Weiblen

A bonus is the play of glass and trees through reflection. We printed the typical Shanghai platane leaves on the south-facing glass, creating a blend of trees, glass and sky multiplied through this faceted façade. All coming together as a façade that moves as you move.

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Address: No.758 Xizang North Road, Huangpu District, Shanghai, China

Location to be used only as a reference. It could indicate city/country but not exact address.
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Cite: "NEXXUS Building / AIM Architecture" 17 Dec 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/930155/nexxu-building-aim-architecture/> ISSN 0719-8884
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