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.
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