▼大厦入口，entrance of the tower
Jinggong Group Co Ltd core businesses are in the steel structure engineering and construction industry (they are responsible for building a number of architectural landmark’s in China eg: Beijing’s National Stadium ‘Bird’s nest’, Beijing International Airport Terminal 3, and World Expo Shanghai Sunshine Valley Axis), and with other key invesments in equipment manufacturing, Shaoxing Rice Wine amongst other fields.
‘Asia Financial Centre’ represents the group’s first foray in the real estate business as a developer. The mixed-used tower consists of 31 floors of commercial offices half of which will eventually house Jinggong group’s head office and a host of their subsidiary investment companies. Thus it was crucial that the design reflected the core values and strengths of the company. As the tallest tower in the newly developed Minhang business hub in Shanghai, the developer worked closely with Spacemen to create the interior scheme for the entire office tower.
The brief was simple, to create a contemporary space that complimented the strong linear aesthetics of the building’s architectural language within a restrained palette of white, grey and black.
▼一层大厅，黑白灰为主色调，体现直线美感，1F lobby with white, grey and black tones, showing linear aesthetics
Inspired by the ancient Greek mythology Pandora’s Box, the central lobby core is at first glance a black box that is cracked open, with a two slits of white light forming the path which channels the circulation through to the inner lift lobby. Four different techniques were used to treat the stone finishes of the black box; polished, tumbled, bush hammered and sandblasted to create this raw and textured finish.
▼前台，白色线条引导人流，1F reception, white lines direct people to the lift lobbies
▼前台后墙面饰以拉制金属，由精工集团提供，展现集团影响力，expended metal used on the wall is provided by Jinggong Group, showing the vast influence of the company
▼休息区，富有质感的黑暗空间，lounge, a dark place with rich textures
The tower’s occupants then transition from a space that is dark, lively and rich in textures that encourages swift and frantic movement to a more calming and serene space of white marble, corian and brushed metal. The purity of materials and linear light in the lift lobbies offset that of the main lobby to create an inviting environment to reflect the sudden change of pace whilst waiting for lifts.
▼黑暗的休息区和白色的电梯厅形成对比，contrast between the dark lounge to the white lift lobby
▼纯净的电梯厅，lift lobbies composed of pure materials
Inside the lift carriages you get a sensation of being suspended in time as you enter an infinite space of grey mirrors as you ascend to the upper floors.
▼灰镜反射的电梯内空间，infinite space in the lift carriages created by reflection of the grey mirrors
This minimalist and monotonous approach was adapted for the Jinggong group offices that occupy the 20th to the 28th floor of the tower. Spacemen did away with the typical ‘reception counter and logo wall’ for the offices and instead designed the space with a series of seemingly floating geometric volumes in white marble, corian, and stretched barrisol light feature. This open lounge evolves around a free standing pantry bar counter in the centre of the space to take full advantage of the 360 degree of uninterrupted view of the nearby lake and the newly develop business hub area. Expanded metal panels sourced directly from the Jinggong Group’s own steel factories were used for the executive suite wall backings to pay homage to the company’s vast influence in the steel structure construction business.
▼20层办公空间前台，延续极简的设计风格，office reception on the 20F continues the minimalist and monotonous
▼组成前台的体块仿佛悬浮在空中，seemingly floating volumes of the reception counter
▼前台后为休息区，中央设有吧台，lounge behind the reception with a bar counter in the center
▼休息区与会议室，空间通透，可以享受开阔的室外景色，transparent space of the lounge and the meeting rooms with open view to the outside environment
▼通透的办公空间，transparent office rooms
▼二十层办公区立面图，elevations of the office space in F20
Project Name: Asia Financial Centre
Completion Year: April 2017
Built Area: 5000m2
Location: No999 Li An Road, Minghang District, Shanghai PRC
Photographer: Min Chen Xuan (Lobby), Seth Powers (20F Business Lounge)
Design Principal: Edward Tan,
Lobby Team: Raymond Tang, Jeffrey Lee, Kody Kato, Ed Chan
Business Lounge & Offices Team: Raymond Tang, Catherine Kim, Ed Chan
Lighting Consultant: Studio Illumine (www.studio-illumine.com)