OMA commissioned for the essence financial building, shenzhen OMA commissioned for the essence financial building, shenzhen
feb 07, 2013

OMA commissioned for the essence financial building, shenzhen

‘essence financial building’ by OMA, shenzhen, chinaimage © OMA



it has just been announced that the new ‘essence financial building’ adding to shenzhen’s skyline will be designed by acclaimed practice straying from the typological office building, the new scheme will plug into the city’s several transit systems and provide a more sensitive social approach to the relationship with the general public in response to a rapidly shifting focus from the manufacturing to the service industry occurring in the area. the simple extruded form contains many subtle characteristics that make each facade very unique.  gradated apertures on the southern faceare a direct result of solar gain studies, optimizing views in each direction while maintaining an acceptable level of natural illumination and eliminating problems such as glare or excessive heat gain. the east and western facades are in turn more porous to accept indirect light. the structure’s typicallycentral core is translated to the edge of the floor plate which frees the entire level and offers a high degree of adaptability and flexibility with today’sconstantly changing communication systems. the ubiquitous curtain wall is also broken towards the top, where a cube-like volume seems to float over the base, creating a sliver of a void that serves as a lookout area over the city.



in contextimage © OMA



overlooking the golf courseimage © OMAimage via architizer



approach from the streetimages © OMA



gradated openings on the southern facadeimages © OMA



observation level looking out over golf courseimage © OMA



interior atrium and work areasimage © OMA



work desksimage © OMA



meshed facade during the dayimage © OMA



meshed facade during the nightimage © OMA



elevationsimage © OMA



program diagramimage © OMA



concept evolutionimage © OMA



floor plan and core placement diagramimage © OMA



office building typologiesimage © OMA



project info:



project: essence financial buildingstatus: design developmentclients: essence securities company limited; mintaian insurance surveyors & loss adjusters company limitedlocation: futian cbd, shenzhen, pr chinabudget: n/asite: lot number b116-0077, 4,813m2program: offices (64,550m2), commercial (5,450m2)building height: tower 180m, podium 13.5m


partners in charge: david gianotten and rem koolhaas (review)project architect: bauke albadateam: 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 chaosustainability: yrg: arpan bakshi, yetsuh frank, josh radoff, lauren yarmuthlandscape: swa: sean o’malley, xiao zhengfacade: inhabit: ron bertoli, hugh brennandsmep & traffic: aecom: eric kwok, w l leung, martin wu, jason w. k. yuenmodel: rj modelsnight & aerial view: silkroad

  • supermarket interiors (dense floor plate = no natural light), this is a very generic building. Probably the result of really creative clients, NOT.

    idle_crane says:

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