Shanghai Baoye Center

Prize Winner in Architectural Design / Misc. Architecture
Firm LocationHangzhou, China
CompanyLYCS Architecture
Lead DesignerLYCS Architecture
Design TeamRUAN Hao, ZHAN Yuan, Gary He, LI Yan, TONG Chaochao, JIN Shanliang, Devin Jernigan

Situated on an “L” shaped site cut out of a trapezoidal plot, the project is shaped by lofting the maximum footprint of the site into a 5-story envelope, and then pushing and carving the form from the exterior, creating a singular form that operates as three separate buildings connected by floating walkways on several levels. The main building mass contains office programs and a roof garden, while the ground floor is a landscape which connects several spaces into a free- flowing, semi-public experience in balance with the unique form of the building. Parking, an employee cafeteria and coffee shop, health spa and dormitories exist in the basement levels, lit by daylight from the various sunken courts carved from above. Besides, the elevation design is a breakthrough to the standardized uniformed elevation of contemporary office building. Under the “maximum office space availability”, office buildings nowadays are always stacked by standardized plan and elevation. In this project, besides the “promenade plan” that mention before, the elevation consists of modularized shading panels. There’re around 26 kinds of different panels gradually flows on each level. These panels have different slopes, which changes the height of windows and controls the interior daylight condition.