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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.

Data Center of China Life Insurance in Shanghai, China by gmp Architekten von Gerkan, Marg and Partner

 
August 2nd, 2015 by Sumit Singhal

Article source: gmp Architekten von Gerkan

China’s largest insurance company, China Life Insurance Company, has moved into its new Data Center in Shanghai-Pudong. After a design and construction period of six years – which is on the long side for China – the complex designed by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) was completed in June.

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

  • Architects: gmp  von Gerkan, Marg and Partners
  • Project: Data Center of China Life Insurance
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Photography: Christian Gahl
  • Design: Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
  • Project management: Kong Buhong, Martin Hagel, Hao Yanli
  • Competition design team: Jan Blasko, Rebekka Brauer, Wang Qing
  • Client: China Life Insurance
  • GFA above ground: 79,000 m²
  • GFA below ground: 45,000 m²
  • Total GFA: 124,000 m²

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

The interior design was also mostly created by gmp. The objective of the design was to convey, through the architecture, two important qualities which should be associated with a large insurance company: on the one hand, qualities such as trustworthiness, reliability, longevity and customer orientation, and on the other hand, the fact that the company uses data processing and state-of-the-art technology – i.e. that it is equipped for the future.

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

The project comprises 80,000 square meters of gross floor area and, in three buildings, accommodates offices and hotel and conference functions around the Data Center at the heart of the insurance complex.

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

The functions are grouped into three succinct rectangular building volumes which relate to each other in a dynamic way, such that the open spaces in between are defined as generous entrance areas and inner courtyards. Towards the outside, the ensemble is presented as one unit by virtue of a plinth structure which – partly with several stories and partly dissolved into bands – frames the buildings, the entrance plaza and the landscaping.

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © Christian Gahl

Image Courtesy © gmp von Gerkan

Image Courtesy © gmp von Gerkan

While this signals data security and confidentiality, specially designed openings to the courtyards create an atmosphere of openness, transparency and customer accessibility in several directions. On the other hand, the emphasis on the glass envelope with its horizontal stepped bands highlights the technological symbolism, as it resembles the characteristic lines and offsets on the printed circuit boards of computers.

Image Courtesy © gmp von Gerkan

Image Courtesy © gmp von Gerkan

Image Courtesy © gmp von Gerkan

Image Courtesy © gmp von Gerkan

The ensemble is given its unique character by the horizontally structured box-type window façade of white and transparent glass strips that links all the building volumes and open spaces, creating a sense of uniformity.

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