China, Lingang New City 

Management Center of the Freetrade Port


Design Meinhard von Gerkan, 2005
Partner Nikolaus Goetze
Project Leader Jörn Ortmann
Staff Hsu Hungwei, Ren Yunping, Fang Hua, Wang Qing, Jan Stecher
Chinese partner practice SIADR
Client Shanghai Lingang International Logistics Development Co., Ltd.
Gross floor area 77.000 m²
Construction period 1st construction phase 2006–2009



Hans-Georg Esch

Jan Siefke

The Management Center is in the center of the development area for the first construction phase of the new freetrade port. Along with offices, the plan envisages service units and common areas, meeting and presentation rooms. The slightly curved, horizontally accentuated facade of the office tower constitutes a formal analogy to the nearby sea. The base zone of the complex has an open character with glazed-roof halls, two-story galleries and large glass facades. Glass, concrete, steel and aluminum on the outside are harmoniously co-ordinated with materials such as wood, natural stone and textiles in the interior. The facades are structured by horizontal aluminum slats providing permanent protection from sunlight and glare.