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Essence Financial Building by OMA
Posted: Thursday, February 07, 2013 |

Yesterday we published a first image of OMA's latest competition win, the Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen. Here is the project now in more detail.

Highway view of the proposed Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen (Image courtesy of OMA)

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Highway view of the proposed Essence Financial Building in Shenzhen (Image courtesy of OMA)

Project Description from OMA:

Shenzhen’s Futian CBD is developing at a frenetic speed. The last 100 years of development in building styles are condensed into a mere decade. Populated by a range of office towers of different generations, the city is ready for the next leap forward from a manufacturing city into a services hub. A brand new generation of office towers concomitant with another rapid transformation calls for a moment of unruffled consideration about the way forward: how the emergent forces in business and society could shape a contemporary office tower typology…

Skydeck view (Image courtesy of OMA)

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Skydeck view (Image courtesy of OMA)

As one of China’s fastest growing services and business centres, Shenzhen is the perfect context to question and challenge the many conventions that govern the design of office towers: is the central core plan prevailing in office design for generations still relevant in an age of social media and mobile workforces? Is the ubiquitous curtain wall (the endless glass surface) the universal solution?

Facade (Image courtesy of OMA)

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Facade (Image courtesy of OMA)

While the core is typically located in the centre of an office tower, the Essence Financial Building has its core shifted to the edge of the floor plate, resulting in large unobstructed plans that allow for a variety of configurations, and thus effective communications in the new services industry and new possibilities in work styles that grow out of contemporary Chinese society, rather than another mimic of the West.

View from west (Image courtesy of OMA)

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View from west (Image courtesy of OMA)

The common practice of simple extrusion produces undifferentiated massings and the ubiquitous curtain wall adds to the homogeneity, detaching the typical tower from context, program and climate. The Essence Financial Building rationalizes programs into unique volumes, which are then manipulated to create the distinct form of the building, as well as a viewing platform that overlooks the Shenzhen Golf Club, and shaded outdoor recreational spaces for staff.

Aerial view (Image courtesy of OMA)

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Aerial view (Image courtesy of OMA)

The façade of the building is designed with reference to Shenzhen’s climate and urban context. It is an architectural translation of the sun and solar gain diagrams, as well as to the views from each side of the tower. Each face thus takes on a unique pattern. The East and West facades are less penetrable, in response to the low-hitting sun, while the South façade has gradated openings: the size of the windows increases down the building in proportion to the decrease of solar penetration. The North façade opens toward Fuhua First Road.

Night view (Image courtesy of OMA)

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Night view (Image courtesy of OMA)

Located in the existing Financial Development Area, the Essence Financial Building is connected to an extensive public transport network, with proximity to Futian Metro Station and Shopping Park Metro Station. It is a new typology of office building for Shenzhen, one that meets the conventions of responding to context and users’ needs by breaking away from conventions in office design.

Facade, from left: west, south, east, north (Image courtesy of OMA)

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Facade, from left: west, south, east, north (Image courtesy of OMA)

Project Details:

Project: Essence Financial Building
Status: Design Development
Clients: Essence Securities Company Limited; Mintaian Insurance Surveyors & Loss Adjusters Company Limited
Location: Futian CBD, Shenzhen, PR China
Budget: N/A
Site: Lot number B116-0077, 4,813 m2
Program: Offices (64,550 m2), Commercial (5,450 m2)
Building height: Tower 180 m, Podium 13.5 m
Partners in charge: David Gianotten and Rem Koolhaas (review)

Project architect: Bauke Albada
Team: Lingxiu Chong, Chee Yuen Choy, Charles Lai, Federico Letizia, Jue Qiu, Takehiko Suzuki, Andreas Viglakis, with Byungchan Ahn, Kevin Chan, Helen Chen, Jocelyn Chiu

Local architect: SADI: Wu Chao
Sustainability: YRG: Arpan Bakshi, Yetsuh Frank, Josh Radoff, Lauren Yarmuth
Landscape: SWA: Sean O’Malley, Xiao Zheng
Façade: Inhabit: Ron Bertoli, Hugh Brennand
SMEP & Traffic: AECOM: Eric Kwok, W L Leung, Martin Wu, Jason W.K. Yuen
Model: RJ MODELS
Night & aerial view: SILKROAD

Find also elevations, interior renderings and concept diagrams in the image gallery below.

Diagram, massing (Image courtesy of OMA) Diagram, program (Image courtesy of OMA) Elevations (Image courtesy of OMA) Elevations (Image courtesy of OMA) Concept models (Image courtesy of OMA) Interior view (Image courtesy of OMA) Interior view (Image courtesy of OMA) Diagram, shifting core (Image courtesy of OMA) Diagram, solar gain (Image courtesy of OMA)


Comments:
jk
Sunday, February 10, 2013
that solar diagram is janky.

Axiomatic
United States
Sunday, February 10, 2013
160 concept models?!? And that's what they landed on? I get how they developed the design and I'm partially on board, but the result they landed upon just strikes me as overly plain.

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