kengo kuma creates a pleated aluminum mesh façade for shanghai office tower kengo kuma creates a pleated aluminum mesh façade for shanghai office tower
jul 14, 2016

kengo kuma creates a pleated aluminum mesh façade for shanghai office tower

situated in the hongkou district in shanghai, kengo kuma and associates have completed its design and construction of the ‘hongkou soho’ office tower. a sense of openness is achieved through the distinctive façade and the public spaces that are distributed around the building.

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18mm width ‘pleats’ make up the surface of the façade
all images © jerry yin / kengo kuma and associates

 

 

the 95,000 sqm building is enveloped in a pattern of pleated aluminum mesh measuring 18mm in width and as a whole, visualizes like a woven lace or described like ‘soft dress for women’ by kengo kuma and associates. furthermore, depending on the time of day and positioning of the sun, the pleats produce a interesting play in light and shadow. internally, the office space continues the theme of pleats throughout the ceilings and walls – seen in the double height atrium space. these organic and sculptural panels undulate across the surfaces and gives the environment a dynamic atmosphere.

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the office building is located in the district of hongkou

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the pleats change their expressions gradually due to the angle, strength, and positioning of the sun

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the atrium space

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the pleats are continued in the lobby areas

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naturally illuminated office spaces

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