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Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal
Sumit Singhal loves modern architecture. He comes from a family of builders who have built more than 20 projects in the last ten years near Delhi in India. He has recently started writing about the architectural projects that catch his imagination.

China Diamond Exchange Center in Shanghai by Goettsch Partners

September 1st, 2011 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: Goettsch Partners

The China Diamond Exchange Center is a 50,000-square-meter office building in Shanghai’s Pudong district, the city’s modern financial and commercial hub. The 15-story building provides space for members of the China Diamond Exchange, as well as other related and speculative tenants.

Dusk (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

  • Architects: Goettsch Partners
  • Project: China Diamond Exchange Center
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Client: Shanghai Lujiazui Development Co., Ltd.
  • Timeline: 2005–2009
  • Size: 535,500 square feet / 49,750 square meters
  • Height: 15 stories
  • Software used: AutoCAD

Atrium and Skylight (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

  • Associate Architect: Shanghai Zhong-fu Architects
  • Structural Engineer: Shanghai Tong-qing Technologic Development Co., Ltd.
  • MEP/FP Engineer: Shanghai Zhong-fu Architects
  • Lighting Consultant: Leox Design
  • Elevator Consultant: Thyssen-Krupp Elevator
  • Landscape Consultant: ADI Limited
  • Photography: © 1st Image
  • Drawings: © Goettsch Partners

Elevator Lobby (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

The building is conceived as two rectangular office slabs connected by a skylit atrium, with a large, 66- by 230-foot cable-supported net wall at each end. One tower is fully dedicated to the Diamond Exchange members, with the adjacent tower serving other tenants. The relatively narrow, 20-meter-wide floor plate of each tower is unique, working in combination with the atrium to bring daylight to all offices.

Entry (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

The open elevator tower defines the focal point of the building, with three cabs traversing the atrium to sky bridges on each level that connect the two office blocks. The elevators’ activity is not only visible from the lobby but also from outside, through the full-height glass walls.

Interior Detail (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

The major tenants’ core business inspired the design, with diamond-shaped elements featured throughout, including the atrium’s glass skylight, the structural geometry of the entry canopy, and the main lobby floor. Details provide punches of red, a color that signifies prosperity and happiness in Chinese culture.

Facade (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

Lobby (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

Overall (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

View Through Cable Wall (Image Courtesy 1st Image)

Plan and Section

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Categories: Autocad, Commercial Building, Diamond Exchange Center

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