kengo kuma has completed a multi-purpose building on the site of the new campus of novartis in shanghai, china. adding to the expanding campus which already features an office building designed by alejandro aravena /elemental.
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the purpose of kengo kuma‘s mixed-use building is to solely serve as a meeting, events and café space for the company’s staff and guests. the low-rise building is topped with a folded green roof and illustrates a different approach in contrast to the neighboring box-typed buildings. during its design development, the architects interpreted the novartis building from a small ‘house’ because in the end, the scheme is a destination for gathering and socialization. in turn, the green and origami-influenced scheme uses V-shaped columns and lattice-formed beams in its construction. the interior continues the use of laminated douglas-fir illustrated in the exposed ceiling, rooms and spaces punctuated by furniture in various designs and layout to create an inviting atmosphere.
the roof wasi nfluenced by origami techniques
inside the large space continues the use of timber
the nature of the oversized roof allows sheltered outdoor seating to be created
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the project has been designed as a new focal point for shanghai, with communal public amenities combining nature, culture, and entertainment.
the project was developed in close consultation with the neighborhood and involved three community engagement sessions over the course of three months.
through their specific placement, the two cabins not only resolve functional requirements, but also establish a new recreational space between them.
the building comprises two main components: a box-shaped plinth that can be used for events, and a two-storey exhibition area that floats above.