Foster+Partners was chosen to create the new headquarters for Alibaba in Shanghai

Foster+Partners has won the competition to design the new headquarters for Alibaba in Shanghai, China.
“We are delighted to be designing the new Shanghai headquarters for Alibaba, the world’s largest online retailer and e-commerce Company. Our design emphasizes the importance of communication, the integrity of the working community and above all, the creation of an image that reflects the standing of Alibaba. The scheme is truly designed from the inside out, centered on a dynamic, sheltered public space capitalizing on its amazing location with its views of the Huangpu River and the Bund.”, said Foster+Partners
The new signature building of Alibaba will show the company’s unique working culture to the public. Its form, generated by a genetic algorithm, will combine major aspects of the project. Located in Shanghai Corniche,Xuhui Riverside, the new building’s design will create a large inviting public space, activating the heart of the structure, and encouraging visual and physical connection between the indoor and outdoor spaces.
The headquarters’ design is responsive to the environmental conditions, maximizes outside views, optimizes the massing to provide user comfort in the public space, and creates tailored workspace solutions for the different departments at Alibaba. “Off-site production for quality control, reducing wastage, and minimizing on-site operations to create an efficient construction program” is also part of the project.