The Bank of Shanghai Data Processing Center project, conceived by Silvio d’Ascia Architecture in partnership with AREP and Shanghai-based ECADI, is located in the Zhangjiang Innovation Park, situated about 21 km from Pudong district. Imagined as a sort of « digital fortress », the complex includes roughly 12,500 m² of data server rooms, with these spaces forming the foundation upon which rest other programmatic zones, such as offices, customer service centers, restaurants, and conference centers. Explains d’Ascia : « The idea was to give a certain solidity to the image of the bank ; we wanted the center to reflect the strength of the financial institution housed within its walls. » To amplify the notion of a uniform foundation, the complex makes use of local Shanghai granite as a facade treatment. This vernacular stone, with its calm gray tint, is impressively set off against the glass and aluminum brise-soleil system that envelops the central office tower.
The project’s conclusion comes on the heels of the studio’s recent data processing center for the Shanghai Futures Exchange. Both projects came about as the result of winning competition bids and continue the studio’s foray into highly-technical buildings for the digital age.
Silvio d’Ascia Architecture
Location: Shanghai, China
Client: Bank of Shanghai
Gross Floor Area: 76 000 m2
Cost of Construction: 98.000.000 €
Architects: Silvio d’Ascia Architecture
Engineering: Arep, Ecadi
Photography: © Yves Chan You
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