Zaha Hadid Architects to Design CECEP's HQ in Shanghai

Zaha Hadid Architects to Design CECEP's HQ in Shanghai

Zaha Hadid Architects has won a competition to design and build the new Shanghai headquarters of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP). The 218,000 sqm project will be the ‘greenest’ building in the city with sustainability embedded into every aspect of its design and construction to achieve more than 90 credits in China’s exacting Three Star Green Building Rating system - the highest score for any building in Shanghai.

The design of the new HQ, located next to the Yangpu Bridge on the Huangpu River, considers its riverfront site and responds to the history and dynamism of Shanghai. The campus consists of three office towers, shopping, dining and leisure facilities connected by a park that acts as a buffer between the mixed-use complex and the city.

The green approach to the design echoes CECEP's culture as a company that initiates and funds projects with a focus on renewable energy technologies, such as solar, hydroelectric and wind power generation; environmental conservation initiatives such as water collection, treatment and recycling; as well as developing innovations to reduce energy consumption and emissions throughout the construction industry. 

Striving to be as sustainable as possible, the project features thermal mass integrated into every building that provides reductions in both heating and cooling consumption, using mostly recycled materials reducing the project's embodied carbon. Photovoltaics placed on the roof level and within the façades provide on-site energy production decreasing its consumption by 25%, while the thermal ice-storage for cooling significantly lowers peak daytime electrical consumption when the cooling load is highest. The intelligent building management system, along with tracking internal building conditions, will be able to predict and optimize energy usage.

Project Team:

  • Architects: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA)
  • Design: Patrik Schumacher
  • ZHA Project Directors: Satoshi Ohashi, Michele Pasca di Magliano
  • ZHA Project Designer: Maria Tsironi
  • ZHA Project Associate: Yang Jingwen
  • ZHA Project Architect: Johannes Elias
  • ZHA Competition Team: Nan Jiang, Maria Touloupou, Martina Rosati, Nicolas Tornero, Serra Pakalin, Chantal Matar, Yihui Wu, Ying Xia, Zheng Xu, Carlos Bausa Martinez, Lorena Espaillat Bencosme, Irfan Bhakrani, Federico Fauli, Stefano Iacopini, Shi Qi Tu, Sara Criscenti, Andres Madrid, Arian Hakimi Nejad, Valentina Cerrone, Stefano Paiocchi, Kate Hunter, Nelli Denisova, Che-Hung Chien


  • Civil, Structural, MEP & Sustainability engineers: Ramboll
  • Local Design Institute: China Academy of Building Research

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Cite: Maria Erman. "Zaha Hadid Architects to Design CECEP's HQ in Shanghai" 30 Apr 2020. ArchDaily. Accessed . <> ISSN 0719-8884

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