China, Shanghai 

China Telecom Office and Technical Buildings B12 & B13


Competition 2005 - 1st prize
Design Meinhard von Gerkan
Partner Nikolaus Goetze
Project manager Dirk Heller, Karen Schroeder
Team Meike Schmidt, Friedhelm Chlosta, Kai Siebke, Christoph Berle, Georg Traun, Holger Schmücker, Di Wu
Client China Telecom Shanghai
Building period 2005-2007
Gross floor area 51,000 m²



Jan Siefke

China Telecom Shanghai will unite their technical facilities together with the headquarters, training, research and development department in the newly built "China Telecom Information Park".

In 2004, gmp won the master plan competition for this information and technology plan against international competitors and had completed the constructional planning in cooperation with a local planning institute.

In the competition for the first building phase (Building 12 & Building 13) undertaken by China Telecom, gmp succeeded against participants from China, Japan, USA, and Hong Kong in late 2004 and was meanwhile commissioned with the planning. Completion of the buildings is scheduled for this year.

Both building phases with two buildings of 60 m square each and an approximate gross floor area of 50,000 m² will accommodate technical facilities for digital transfers as well as offices.

The façade areas of the buildings are divided into two zones: a socle area and an upper area with a glazed second skin, which is suspended in front of the exterior building wall. The glass skin illuminated from behind will be printed upon with images of abstract technical circuits and networks. The prints can thus be interpreted as a pattern, but also as an image of technical telecommunication processes.