Silicon Valley Comes to Beijing – Cheetah Mobile

Recently, IDEAL completed the design and construction of the global office headquarters for Cheetah Mobile, China’s leading developer of mobile tools and internet security. Located in the Chaoyang District of east Beijing, in a new hi-tech park on Hui Tong Road, the construction area totals roughly 40,000

The original building, a light industrial factory with three internal courtyards, was converted into a multilayered office building. IDEAL designers boldly converted the end courtyards into indoor atrium spaces (while retaining the middle courtyard), and integrated a variety of business functions into a single form. This contemporary design approach reflects the vitality of the internet business culture and personality traits, an interpretation exploring the client’s new business ideas into the future development of spatial patterns.

After the remarkable transformation, the main entrance is centered on the south façade, where a distinctive gate is located across from a spacious lawn. Employees and guests enter onto an open lobby, stretched laterally in both directions. To the right of the reception desk is a large electronic screen, and next to it is a casual waiting area. To the left is an open café, where employees can comfortably enjoy the outdoor view to the landscape while either working or just relaxing and chatting with friends.

Adjacent to the café and overlooking the west atrium is a row of conference reception rooms. The bold wooden side walls and ceiling frame these spaces while the north/side sides of transparent glazing give them a casual atmosphere and a three-dimensional connection to the outdoors and sun-filled atrium.

Water features prominently with small canal linking the main lobby with the two atriums. In the west atrium, the canal flows into an artificial pond surrounded by seating areas, a large conference hall on the atriums’ east side and meeting room on its west side. The atriums’ walls are aligned with a glass curtain wall inboard of wood surfaces containing long slat openings with green planters with climbing plants. Accenting the atrium walls is a sculptural staircase (in a bold orange color – the company logo) whose story platforms are linked with the three levels of interior office space. The staircase rises from the surface of the water and its twists and turns dancing reflection on the waters’ surface.

From the atriums’ second floor seating platform, a stainless steel slide connects to the atrium floor, spiraling down and landing into a sunken area used for brainstorming forums. From the second floor platform, a box diagonal steel bridge connects a conference room with a leisure coffee break area on the west side. The bridge, bathed in sunlight as it extends through the atrium, enhances lateral floor connections while enriching atrium views from the office interior.

Adjacent to the northwest side of the atrium are auxiliary spaces; recording studio, mobile offices, along with a children’s activity room – all interconnected. Children’s activity areas are designated by color; orange, blue and green. Office functions are strung together and enclosed office spaces with custom benches, countertops and cabinets link themed mobile office areas.

Along the south side of the large conference room, the water canal is channeled, twisting and turning, moving eastward, and connects with the east atrium.

Balancing the west atrium and its work theme, the east atrium’s theme is sports and health. Along its northeast corner stands a large stair tower (colored orange, corporate brand) which acts as the main vertical circulation for the great space. Its conspicuousness is to encourage employees to walk up and down stairs and it also possesses platforms for social congregation. Along the atriums’ west wall is a fitness activity climbing wall, with distinctive triangular faceted face, colored orange and white.

Arranged around the first floor of the east atrium are activity rooms; gym and yoga, etc. primarily with translucent glass walls that draw in sunlight from the atrium. Opposite, in addition to group meeting rooms are a message center, medical clinic and a massage room. In between, along the south side, is an open office area with custom millwork in an orange meandering ribbon motif. Together with bar table, chairs, floors and ceilings strung together to make a three-dimensional space, giving a sense of proximity and brevity.

Cheetah Mobiles’ floor layout combines both functionality and efficiency with a focus toward human interaction and collaboration. Here, open office area furniture accessories vary in shape and color composition depending on function. Segway electric vehicles can shuttle employees with greater mobility in an open office environment exchange. The design fully considered the Cheetah employees have a high degree of mobility, and flexibility to accommodate a variety of functional requirements. Highly saturated and beautiful colors and rich graphics create a youthful, creative, interesting and fun place to work. The office building is designed for casual gatherings of employees, such as the large KTV room. Also included are a comfortable medical room, hairdresser and massage room to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere where employees feel safe and calm.

Interspersed among the offices are tea lounges, with regional styled themes and designs such as American, Japanese, French and other countries. Also in the mix are several dozen large and small conference rooms with names of international cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. Cheetah Mobile’s main business comes from these cities and regions, and many employees come from these places as well. This is a reflection of the global community that this company is a part of.

After the transformation from industrial to high-tech, the overall office space is both functional and creative. Fulfilling the entrepreneurial needs of young creative professionals, this garden-style office brings green landscape, together with geographic and cultural features that promote the integration of communication within the company while enhancing the staff’s sense of cohesion and sense of belonging.

Recently, IDEAL completed the design and construction of the global office headquarters for Cheetah Mobile, China’s leading developer of mobile tools and internet security. Located in the Chaoyang District of east Beijing, in a new hi-tech park on Hui Tong Road, the construction area totals roughly 40,000

The original building, a light industrial factory with three internal courtyards, was converted into a multilayered office building. IDEAL designers boldly converted the end courtyards into indoor atrium spaces (while retaining the middle courtyard), and integrated a variety of business functions into a single form. This contemporary design approach reflects the vitality of the internet business culture and personality traits, an interpretation exploring the client’s new business ideas into the future development of spatial patterns.

After the remarkable transformation, the main entrance is centered on the south façade, where a distinctive gate is located across from a spacious lawn. Employees and guests enter onto an open lobby, stretched laterally in both directions. To the right of the reception desk is a large electronic screen, and next to it is a casual waiting area. To the left is an open café, where employees can comfortably enjoy the outdoor view to the landscape while either working or just relaxing and chatting with friends.

Adjacent to the café and overlooking the west atrium is a row of conference reception rooms. The bold wooden side walls and ceiling frame these spaces while the north/side sides of transparent glazing give them a casual atmosphere and a three-dimensional connection to the outdoors and sun-filled atrium.

Water features prominently with small canal linking the main lobby with the two atriums. In the west atrium, the canal flows into an artificial pond surrounded by seating areas, a large conference hall on the atriums’ east side and meeting room on its west side. The atriums’ walls are aligned with a glass curtain wall inboard of wood surfaces containing long slat openings with green planters with climbing plants. Accenting the atrium walls is a sculptural staircase (in a bold orange color – the company logo) whose story platforms are linked with the three levels of interior office space. The staircase rises from the surface of the water and its twists and turns dancing reflection on the waters’ surface.

From the atriums’ second floor seating platform, a stainless steel slide connects to the atrium floor, spiraling down and landing into a sunken area used for brainstorming forums. From the second floor platform, a box diagonal steel bridge connects a conference room with a leisure coffee break area on the west side. The bridge, bathed in sunlight as it extends through the atrium, enhances lateral floor connections while enriching atrium views from the office interior.

Adjacent to the northwest side of the atrium are auxiliary spaces; recording studio, mobile offices, along with a children’s activity room – all interconnected. Children’s activity areas are designated by color; orange, blue and green. Office functions are strung together and enclosed office spaces with custom benches, countertops and cabinets link themed mobile office areas.

Along the south side of the large conference room, the water canal is channeled, twisting and turning, moving eastward, and connects with the east atrium.

Balancing the west atrium and its work theme, the east atrium’s theme is sports and health. Along its northeast corner stands a large stair tower (colored orange, corporate brand) which acts as the main vertical circulation for the great space. Its conspicuousness is to encourage employees to walk up and down stairs and it also possesses platforms for social congregation. Along the atriums’ west wall is a fitness activity climbing wall, with distinctive triangular faceted face, colored orange and white.

Arranged around the first floor of the east atrium are activity rooms; gym and yoga, etc. primarily with translucent glass walls that draw in sunlight from the atrium. Opposite, in addition to group meeting rooms are a message center, medical clinic and a massage room. In between, along the south side, is an open office area with custom millwork in an orange meandering ribbon motif. Together with bar table, chairs, floors and ceilings strung together to make a three-dimensional space, giving a sense of proximity and brevity.

 

Cheetah Mobiles’ floor layout combines both functionality and efficiency with a focus toward human interaction and collaboration. Here, open office area furniture accessories vary in shape and color composition depending on function. Segway electric vehicles can shuttle employees with greater mobility in an open office environment exchange. The design fully considered the Cheetah employees have a high degree of mobility, and flexibility to accommodate a variety of functional requirements. Highly saturated and beautiful colors and rich graphics create a youthful, creative, interesting and fun place to work. The office building is designed for casual gatherings of employees, such as the large KTV room. Also included are a comfortable medical room, hairdresser and massage room to create a warm, relaxed atmosphere where employees feel safe and calm.

Interspersed among the offices are tea lounges, with regional styled themes and designs such as American, Japanese, French and other countries. Also in the mix are several dozen large and small conference rooms with names of international cities such as New York, Los Angeles, Chicago and London. Cheetah Mobile’s main business comes from these cities and regions, and many employees come from these places as well. This is a reflection of the global community that this company is a part of.

After the transformation from industrial to high-tech, the overall office space is both functional and creative. Fulfilling the entrepreneurial needs of young creative professionals, this garden-style office brings green landscape, together with geographic and cultural features that promote the integration of communication within the company while enhancing the staff’s sense of cohesion and sense of belonging.

 

Status: Built
Location: Beijing, CN
My Role: architect
Additional Credits: Construction Area:40,000 square meters
Completion Time: Dec., 2015
Design Unit: IDEAL Design & Construction Inc.

Nanjing Green Light House / Archiland International

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  • Architects

  • Location

    Nanjing, Jiangsu, China
  • Area

    5500.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2010
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NANJING GREEN LIGHT HOUSE (NANJING, PRC 2012-15). We would all like to produce more ‘green’ buildings with lower energy consumption or low carbon emission.. The challenge is at the same time to make this necessary new buildings even more attractive than buildings of today and not just making engineering technology driven machines. With this lighthouse we aim for no less than this.

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The driver for the design has been to create a park, then a building and then an interior design, which stands out as one connected design focussed on creating a great environment for people celebrating the daylight. Light House is one of the first of ZERO CARBON buildings to be done in mainland China, hence it will host state of the art technology to achieve an energy consumption below 25 KwH/m2/year and the remaining energy load will be offset by Photo Voltaic panels. BUT a mayor reason for the achievement has been the ability to achieve a 200 LUX natural daylight level for all permanent working areas through sophisticated façade design. The building will celebrate the natural daylight and indoor climate in general and increase the well-being and productivity of the users. With the assistance of a multidisciplinary team and 3D tools optimized areas of window and skylight has been calculated to achieve maximum efficiency with minimum use of high performance façade openings.

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A combination of efforts; the circular building with the meandering façade turning window openings away from the direct heat of sun, the daylight horizontal reflectors on windows, an inner atrium receiving daylight from the carefully orientated skylights etc. all sums up to a softly lighted interior. Natural ventilation, interior greenery, open transparent interiors and natural bright materials compliments a work place as living exhibition enjoyed everyday by the users.

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Shenye TaiRan Building / ZHUBO DESIGN

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  • Architects

  • Location

    The #8 Tairan Rd, Futian District, Shenzhen, China
  • Architect in Charge

    Laura Belevica, Aaron Robin
  • Design Team

    Liu Hai Long, Li Jing, Mao Yuan Jing, Yang Guang
  • Executive Architect

    Feng Guo Chuan
  • Project Managers

    Liang Qi Bo, Zhang Zhen
  • Area

    168950.0 sqm
  • Project Year

    2012
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From the architect. Named after its developer SHENYE TAIRAN Building stands at the focal point in CheGongMiao- industrial creative industry office district in Shenzhen, China. Balancing the duality of scales, the design achieves two primary goals- to deliver a prominent image at the urban level while remaining inviting at the local, human scale. To achieve that, Shenye Tairan departs from a typical office building typology.

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According to the required program area and the size of the site, the standard solution would have yielded two separate 100m office towers, set back from the street by a commercial podium. Instead this building is conceived as a continuous volume along the edge of the site as close as possible to the street. The the southwest corner is extruded to its maximum allowable height in order to capitalize on proximity to Binhe Road and Shenzhen Bay. The opposite NE corner is then scaled down and lifted up from the ground to invite pedestrians into the internal public spaces.

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Long Section

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The result is a city block building with a vertical courtyard of treasures – a central communal space framed by tall mass of the building on two sides where one feels protected from both the urban bustle outside and shaded from the hot southern sun.

At the heart of the courtyard a reflecting pool frames a crystalline volume which serves as a light-filled central entrance to the underground parking. Rather than arriving into a dark parking garage and entering the building through an unassuming elevator core, it provides direct access through the interior courtyard, again modifying the typical experience of arriving and entering the office environment.

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Typical office tower roof is removed from public realm. The roof of Tairan building is a series of accessible terraces forming the 5th facade of the building. These have been designed as a uniform landscape despite the fact that they are all privately owned and features lush gardens of curving benches, wood terraces and planting creating a unique sight from the surrounding office towers as well as from the office interior.

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South Elevation

South Elevation

The facade of the building is composed of stacked elongated one floor level high units which play double function. First, the division enables to consider each office unit in singularity providing option to step the glazing back thus creating additional balcony-yet another unusual feature in a typical office layout. This “in between space” also acts as a shading device minimizing the cooling load. And finally it provides room for the individual air conditioning units without interrupting the main facade.

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This duality is further expressed in the choice of materials. The outer layer composed of light stone is in focus catching and reflecting the rays of the sun. The inner balcony facade is lined with dark grey aluminum panels and remains in shadow hiding the ‘contents’ within.

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China Takes Steps to Stop its “Weird Architecture”

CCTV by OMA. Image Courtesy of OMA
CCTV by OMA. Image Courtesy of OMA

China has become home to some of the world’s most outlandish architectural landmarks of the 21st century. Hangzhou is home to a replica of the Eiffel Tower, located in a luxury real estate development, andShanghai’s World Financial Center is often referred to as “The World’s Largest Bottle Opener.” However, all of these zany designs may soon come to a halt following a directive issued by the State Council, China’s cabinet, and the Communist Party’s Central Committee on Sunday, reports the New York Times.

The directive says “no” to any architecture considered “oversized, xenocentric, weird, and devoid of cultural tradition.” In their place should be buildings designed as “suitable, economic, green, and pleasing to the eye.”

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The directive also called for an end to gated residential communities. These guidelines were released after the Chinese government held a meeting to discuss issues related to China’s rapid urbanization. Currently, more than 700 million people live within China’s cities.

The directive follows a nearly two hour speech given by Chinese President Xi Jinping in the fall of 2014, calling for the end of these “weird buildings,” particularly in the nation’s capital, Beijing. Once seen as a “starchitect’s playground,” containing buildings like OMA’s CCTV, known as “big pants” to the locals, the country will no longer fund these types of iconic buildings when it comes to public projects.

“For private housing or commercial projects there is still space for innovation,” Wang Kai, vice president of the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, under the Ministry of Construction, told the New York Times.

News via New York Times

Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library

Steven Holl Architects has unveiled their design for a new public library and museum in a developing area of Shenzhen, China. With the goal of creating a public space with two buildings connected below the plaza level, the massing concept is based on a three-part removal. While the design did win the most votes from the jury in the overall competition,city officials chose a different scheme to continue with. Continue reading “Steven Holl Architects Unveil Proposal for Shenzhen Art Museum and Library”

BMW Chongqing / Crossboundaries

  • Architects: Crossboundaries
  • Location: Chongqing, Chongqing, China
  • Architect in Charge: Binke Lenhardt, Dong Hao
  • Design Team: Irene Solà, Sidonie Kade
  • Area: 4800.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: Courtesy of Dong Hao – Crossboundaries

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  • Collaborators: BMW China Design Team
  • Client: Chongqing Baochuang Automobile Sales & Service Co., Ltd.

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Hangzhou East Railway Station / CSADI

  • Architects: CSADI
  • Location: Hangzhou, Zhejiang, China
  • Architect in Charge: Peihuang Yuan, Chunfang Li, Li Wang, Guangping Qi, Nan Wang, Xin Fang
  • Architects Team: CSADI Third Design Department
  • Client: China/Hangzhou Jianggan area east new town Centre
  • Engineering: Ting Li,Deliang Zhou, Dengwu Cao, Wei zhang,Yi Qian
  • Area: 321020.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2014
  • Photographs: Zheng Shi

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Flexible Landscape / GOA Architects

  • Architects: GOA Architects
  • Location: Shanghai, China
  • Co-designer: CAUP
  • Designers: Wang Yibo, Huang Weile, Zhu Xudong
  • Area: 120.0 sqm
  • Project Year: 2015
  • Photographs: LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo, Courtesy of GOA

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During the period of 2015.08.21 and 2015.09.10, there were a series of public cultural activities named “Gravitational Field——interconnections between architecture and public culture” helding in the Jing’an Temple Square, which is the most prosperous site inShanghai. And one architectural installation — 《Flexible Landscape》was born, which is both artistic and practical.

© LYU Hengzhong, Shen Bo

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Chinese Urbanism takes root in Africa

Bird's-eye view of the Chinese-built Kilamba New City in Angola. (Photo: Michiel Hulshof & Daan Roggeveen; Image via qz.com)

Bird’s-eye view of the Chinese-built Kilamba New City in Angola. (Photo: Michiel Hulshof & Daan Roggeveen; Image via qz.com)

Across the continent, Chinese companies are building highways, railways, sports stadiums, mass housing complexes, and sometimes entire cities.

But China isn’t just providing the manpower to fuel quickly urbanizing African cities. It is exporting its own version of urbanization, creating cities and economic zones that look remarkably similar to Chinese ones. — qz.com

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