Compared to cities even 50 years ago, we now typically perceive our buildings from a moving position, not from a fixed perspective. From the pedestrian to the automobile, the speed of our movement in cities has increased astronomically. But our buildings are still conceived as they always have been: from a stable position…
The site offers ideal conditions to conceive a building that comes alive through the energy of Shenzhen itself: we have placed a triangular tower on the irregular plot to generate a dynamic object that radically changes its character with the slightest shift in perspective of those that approach it. Sections are sliced off the tower to mark an entrance and a top, creating a multifaceted icon that will be instantly recognizable yet different from each direction.
The structure of the building creates an overall triangulation that makes it a sculpture, an effect reinforced by the subtle gradations of the facade treatment. A sculpture that works, a new way of being impressive…
The excitement of the exterior translates into an equally surprising Inside: the triangular plan offers ‘natural’ conditions of light and dark, exposure and depth, that accomodate Tencent’s needs in ways that can be endlessly varied. The predictability that spoils so many contemporary office environments (and makes work less inspiring than it could be) is avoided.
Today, considerable parts of a building’s life occur underground, hidden from view. Instead of a conventional plaza, we prefer to show that our building goes on underground by exposing the many activities that take place in the basement… The coming and going of Tencent’s workers evidence of the strength of the company.
By placing the elevator core in the far corner of the triangle, the actual entrance of the building coincides with the exact point where it touches the ground.
On the typical working floors of the building, the eccentric position of the core generates large, but unusually lively floorplates that offer a genuine diversity of exposure, scale, and atmosphere. Where most contemporary office building entirely depends on partitions to create workable interior conditions, the specific configuration of the Tencent building itself creates a wide range of architectural conditions that will facilitate, even inspire office planning.
Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas, David Gianotten
Associate in charge: Adam Frampton
Team: Wanyu He, Ravi Kamisetti, Jenny Kim, Jedidiah Lau, Vivien Liu, Kevin Mak, Jesung Park, Benny Tam, Matei Vlasceanu, Casey Wang, Yang Yang
Structural Engineering, HVAC, MEP, Vertical Transportation, Traffic, and Sustainability: WSP
Facade Engineering: Robert Jan Van Santen
Model: RJ Models
Animation: Richie Gelles