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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.

Foshan German Service Center in China by gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

February 27th, 2014 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner

A groundbreaking ceremony for the new construction of the German Service Centre in Foshan, a city in the south of China, will take place on 25 February 2014. In 2013, the architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners were successful in winning this competition which was open to German architectural practices with a Chinese partner.

Bird‘s eye view at day © gmp

  • Architectsgmp · Architekten von Gerkan, Marg und Partner
  • Project: Foshan German Service Center
  • Location: Foshan, China
  • Competition: 2013 – 1st Prize
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Stephan Schütz
  • Project Manager: Ralf Sieber
  • Team members: Sebastian Pohle, Yang Linlin, Anna Bulanda-Jansen, Matthias Fruntke, Huang Cheng, Elsa Tang, Zhou Bin, Thilo Zehme, Jan Deml, Xu Ji, Qin Wei, Chen Zhicong, Paulina Kucharska, Pedro Lopez
  • Partner office: GDADRI, Guangdong Architecture & Design Research Institute
  • Client: Zongde Investment

River view at day © gmp

On 25 September 2013 the Volkswagen corporation, together with its joint venture partner FAW Volkswagen, opened a new automotive factory in Foshan, which turned this city in Guangdong province into an interesting location for German companies.

The Foshan German Service Centre building complex is being created in the direct proximity of these other projects already completed by gmp: the Foshan Sports Park and the Foshan Poly Centre along the Dongping River in the region of the Pearl River Delta.

River view at night © gmp

The staggered buildings with vertically structured façades of white Chinese granite create a characteristic appearance and landmark in the Foshan metropolis, a city of 7 million inhabitants. The complex accommodates shopping centres, restaurants, flats and luxury apartments including underground car parking, a bus station and an underground station.

Bird‘s eye view at night © gmp

Seen from the surrounding roads, the river and the parkland areas, the 240 m high office tower and the two residential towers – with heights of 160 m and 110 m – form a significant family of buildings. At the same time, each tower is differentiated by its façade, which relates to its respective function. Up to the fourth floor, the towers are linked by a base structure with commercial uses. Full-height arcades create a public and prestigious appearance.

Office lobby © gmp

Tower top © gmp

Commercial podium © gmp

Masterplan © gmp

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