Located on the site that hosted the 2010 EXPO Shanghai, close to the famed China Pavilion, the new office tower for Aviation industry Corporation of China hopes to become an iconic landmark with its bold form inspired by the aerodynamic shapes.
In creating the distinctive silhouette, we dived into a thorough study of aerodynamics, parsing the subtle differences in different airfoils. The fluidity of the patterns of flow provided the team with valuable insight into the forces that shape airplanes and sailing ships.
The strong horizontal lines of the building’s floors resonate with the most dominant building in the vicinity – the China Expo 2010 Pavilion, now China Art museum.
The building consists of seventeen floors of office space and four underground floors of parking space. The lobby space features a sculptural staircase, situated in the double height void and leading up to the conference center on the second floor. The first five floors all feature common spaces such as a gym, VIP meeting rooms, bar, library and an exhibition gallery lined with airplane models. These floors are framed by generous balconies that appear to be a continuation of the ground-floor landscaping. Meanwhile, the seventeenth floor is reserved for a clubhouse that boasts a panoramic view of the Huangpu River and landmark Pudong buildings in the distance.
The building is set to achieve the LEED Gold mark and features shading, water collecting, low e glass and passive façade ventilation systems.
The UHPC façade is comprised of flat, single curved and double curved elements and is divided in modules which will be prefabricated in recyclable wax molds. Picture above shows the 1:1 mock up made by Egrow.