China, Shanghai 

COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.

COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd. COMAC Headquarters – Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.       
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Competition won 2011
Scheduled completion 4th quarter 2017
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Client Commercial Aircraft Corporation of China Ltd.
GFA 141,884 m², of which 88,343 m² above ground and 53,541 m² below ground

 

Photographers:

Christian Gahl

www.christiangahl.com

Crystal Digital Technology / Boat

gmp Architekten

www.gmp-architekten.de

The COMAC headquarters project is spread over three different plots, which are combined via an overarching structural concept to form a contiguous complex. All buildings are subdivided into highly functional building depths set parallel to the road, and are separated by long stretches of access zones. The tower to the south is 120 meters high and gives the whole quarter an identity on this former EXPO site.
 
The facade design combines two diametrically opposed approaches, and yet results in a harmonious overall composition. On the one hand, there is the more closed, small-format natural stone facade for the office tracts. On the other hand, there is the transparent large-format glass facade, which emphasizes the vertical building joints with atriums and which offers attractive spaces for shops and conference venues at horizontal recesses in the plinth and at the head of the building, providing open views of the city.

In the interior, the strong verticality of the exterior facades is replicated in the light-colored natural stone cladding which, together with the similarly light-colored stone floors, forms an agreeable contrast to the warm colors of the wood paneling inside the access core. The anthracite grey of all metal surfaces, which is also a feature of the facade, creates another relationship between the interior and exterior and emphasizes the radiant color of the pale natural stone.