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Giant Interactive Group
Morphosis

February 07, 2011 /

Shanghai, China

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Situated amid existing canals and a new man made lake, the undulating office building interacts with an augmented ground plane, joining architecture to landscape, and environment to site.

The Giant Campus project is a compact village that accommodates diverse functions in a flexible framework of forms that move in and out of a folded landscape plane.

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The East Campus office building contains three zones: open, non-hierarchical office space; private offices, and executive suites, which cantilever dramatically over the lake. Additional program is integrated into the lifted landscape, including a library, an auditorium, an exhibition space, and a café on the east campus.

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On the West Campus, additional program space-submerged below an expansive, undulating green roof- includes a pool, a multi-purpose sports court, and additional relaxation and fitness spaces for employees.

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The landform culminates to the west at a company guest hotel where glass-floored private bedroom suites project over a wildlife pond.

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Several plazas, carved from the landscape, provide outdoor break and recreational spaces for employees. At the south edge of the campus, a pedestrian plaza steps down to the water's edge in a continuous outdoor walkway that provides pedestrian access to the lake. The main circulation spine, an enclosed walkway located outboard of the office building, bridges over the street connecting the east and west campuses.
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A range of features on the project maximize both energy efficiency and occupant comfort. The West Campus's landscaped green roof provides thermal mass that limits the heat gain and reduces cooling expenditures. The facade's double skin and insulated glass curtain wall minimize solar heat gain and improve overall efficiency.

The central circulation spine, along with the recreational amenities and plazas provide opportunities for chance encounters and places for employees to gather without the confines of cubicles or unnecessary divisions. The narrow profile of the office building combined with a system of skylights ensure that employees have continuous access to natural daylight.


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Plan Ground Level

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Plan Level Two


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Facts about Giant Interactive Group

Site Area:

7.9 ac
Building: 258,300 gross ft2
 
Architects:
Morphosis

Project Manager:

Tim Christ
Paul Gonzales

Project Architect:

Hann-Shiuh Chen
Ted Kane
Mario Cipresso (through Design Development)

Project Designer:

Leonore Daum

Project Team:

Andrew Batay-Csorba
Adam Bressler
Marty Doscher
Patrick Dunn-Baker
Graham Ferrier
Chris Herring
Debbie Lin
Kristina Loock
Yichen Lu
Scott Severson
Mohamed Sharif
Suzanne Tanascaux
Chris Warren

Local Architect:
SURV (Shanghai)

Managing Director:

Alexander Moh

Director in Charge:

Thomas Chow

Project Manager:

Leo Huang
Mel Tang
Jie Zhu

MEP Coordinator:

Hai-Tao Hu

Structural Engineer:
Bao Ye
MAA Engineering Consultants (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.
Thornton Tomasetti Group, Inc. (concept design)

Mechanical Engineer:

IBE Consulting Engineers (concept design)
MAA Engineering Consultants (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Electrical Engineer:

IBE Consulting Engineers (concept design)
MAA Engineering Consultants (Shanghai) Co. Ltd.

Interior Design:

Morphosis

Landscape Architect:

SWA Group

Local Landscape Architect:

TOPO Design Group

Photographed by Iwan Baan

Client:

Giant Interactive Group

Last updated: December 19, 2013

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