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Zaha Hadid Architects to design Shanghai's 'greenest' building

The sprawling 218,000 sqm 'urban campus' will be the new home for CECEP's Shanghai HQ

Photograph: @zahahadidarchitects (render @negativ) via Instagram
Behind some of China's most striking modern architecture – including the world's largest airport in Beijing, Daxing International – Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) is at it again. This time, it's shaping our fair city's skyline after winning the project to build the Shanghai headquarters for the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP).

Leaders in China's renewable energies and technologies, the design for CECEP's new HQ is all about sustainability with the goal of becoming the 'greenest' building in Shanghai, the ZHA newsroom announced. The plan is to hit the city's highest-ever score in the Three Star Green Building Rating (over 90 credits).

Earmarked for a spot next to the Yangpu Bridge on the edge of the Huangpu, the 218,000 sqm 'urban campus' is slated to house three office towers, shopping areas, restaurants and leisure facilities all connected to the city by a park. Making the most of natural elements and drawing nature into the design throughout, some of ZHA's renewable design features include rainwater harvesting to irrigate its expansive green spaces and landscaping, an integrated thermal mass to help control temperatures across the buildings and the use of locally produced and recycled materials to minimise the carbon footprint of the build.

As of yet, there's been no announced date for the start of construction nor expected year of completion.

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