Zaha Hadid Architects wins a competition for the new Shanghai headquarters of CECEP

Zaha Hadid Architects has created the winning project in a competition for the new Shanghai headquarters of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP). With its 218 000 sqm, the new building will be the “greenest” structure in the city with sustainability embedded into every aspect of its design and construction to achieve more than 90 credits in China’s Three Star Green Building rating system, which is the highest score for any building in Shanghai.
Located next to the Yangpu Bridge on the Huangpu River, the design of the new headquarters responds to the history and dynamism of Shanghai.
The project consists of three office towers, shopping, dining and leisure facilities connected by a park that acts as a buffer between the mixed-use complex and the city.
As CECEP is a company that initiates and funds projects with a focus on renewable energy technologies and environmental conservation initiatives such as water collection, treatment and recycling, as well as evolving innovations to reduce energy consumption and emissions throughout construction industry, the architects chose the green approach to the design of the new headquarters.
The project has a thermal mass integrated into every building that provide reductions in both heating and cooling consumption, using mostly recycled materials reducing the project’s embodied carbon. On the roof and within the facades are placed photovoltaics, that provide the on-site energy production decreasing its consumption by 25%. The thermal ice-storage for cooling lowers peak daytime electrical consumption when the cooling load is highest. The intelligent building management system will be able to predict and optimize energy usage.