The Poly Greenland Plaza office complex, which was jointly designed by Zhongxin, has been selected for the Award of Excellence of the 2020 CTBUH Awards in the Urban Habitat–District/Master Plan category, which qualifies it as a finalist in the Overall Category. This project was built to a design by architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp). The ensemble of office towers and commercial buildings forms a unique address in the city environment. A generous sequence of plazas and an open shopping arcade create diverse urban qualities that link the complex with its surroundings.
The composition of several office towers and lower commercial buildings along the busy Changyang Road creates an independent quarter in the otherwise very heterogeneous urban environment. The facades ofthe towers, with their vertical variation, give the ensemble a uniform appearance that stands out conspicuously in the city landscape. The design ofthe buildings finds a middle ground between the different scales and functions of the neighboring buildings: the 50- to 100-meter-high office towers reflect the height of the residential development to the south-east, whereas the lower commercial buildings along the road resonate with the older industrial complexes to the north of Changyang Road.
The envelopes of the buildings consist of curtain-wall facades with coated aluminum for the solid parts between the low-reflection insulating glazing, a design that ensures good energy conservation. Curved glazing at the building corners adds to the character ofthe ensemble; natural ventilation is achieved via opening casements behind decorative facade panels with ventilation slots on the sides. The night time illumination of the high-rise facades emphasizes the verticality of the office towers. The lighting is indirect and has been integrated in each vertical joint between the facade elements and the horizontal facade profiles that provide a visual vertical structure in the facades at different heights. The facades of the lower commercial buildings are emphasized by horizontal, linear lighting at each floor level.
About the CTBUH awards:The Council of Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) makes its annual awards in 21 categories. In the first step, the recipients of the Award of Excellence are selected from the submitted projects and are then entered for selection of the winners in the Overall Category. The award ceremony takes place during the CTBUH conference in Chicago in April 2020.
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Magdalene Weiss
Partner firm inChina Tongji Architectural Design(group) Co.,Ltd. (Block 22), Zhongxin Architectual Design & Research Insititute Ltd. (Block 23)
Landscape Architecture WES
Client Shanghai Shengguan Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.