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Shenzhen Building, China : SZSE Headquarters Office

New Stock Exchange HQ in China design by OMA

8 Oct 2013

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building

OMA completes the Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ in China

Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ, China
SZSE Building
photos courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

23 May 2013

Shenzhen Stock Exchange News

New photos + images of The Shenzhen Stock Exchange – SZSE – designed by OMA:

Although aspects of this building look perfectly normal – the straight tower, the repetitive fenestration – look at the podium, it has been jacked 36m above ground level. Why? The architects put forward their case which seems based on challenging tradition, “defying an architectural convention” but also on trying to ‘broadcast’ the virtual activities of the city’s financial market by being more visible, ‘glowing at night’. The raised podium also liberates the ground level and creates a generous public space. Is this a successful attack on the architectural tradition of the office tower?

Project Description

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building

The essence of the stock market is speculation: it is based on capital, not material. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange is conceived as a physical materialization of the virtual stock market: it is a building with a floating base, representing the stock market – more than physically accommodating it. Typically, the base of a building anchors a structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. In the case of Shenzhen Stock Exchange, the base, as if lifted by the same speculative euphoria that drives the market, has crept up the tower to become a raised podium, defying an architectural convention that has survived millennia into modernity: a solid building standing on a solid base.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

SZSE’s raised podium is a three-storey cantilevered platform floating 36m above the ground, one of the largest office floor plates, with an area of 15,000 m2 per floor and an accessible landscaped roof. The raised podium contains all the Stock Exchange functions, including the listing hall and all stock exchange departments. The raised podium vastly increases SZSE’s exposure in its elevated position. When glowing at night, it “broadcasts” the virtual activities of the city’s financial market, while its cantilevers crop and frame views of Shenzhen. The raised podium also liberates the ground level and creates a generous public space for what could have been what is typically a secure, private building.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

The raised podium and the tower are combined as one structure, with the tower and atrium columns providing vertical and lateral support for the cantilevering structure. The raised podium is framed by a robust three-dimensional array of full-depth steel transfer trusses.

The tower is flanked by two atria – voids that connect the ground directly with the public spaces inside the building. SZSE staff enter from the East and tenants from the West. SZSE executive offices are located just above the raised podium, leaving the uppermost floors leasable as rental offices and a dining club.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

The generic square form of the tower obediently blends in with the surrounding homogenous towers, but the façade of SZSE is different. The building’s façade wraps the robust exoskeletal grid structure supporting the building in patterned glass. The texture of the glass cladding reveals the construction technology behind while simultaneously rendering it mysterious and beautiful. The neutral colour and translucency of the façade change with weather conditions, creating a mysterious crystalline effect: sparkling during bright sunshine, mute on an overcast day, radiant at dusk, and glowing at night. The façade is a “deep façade”, with recessed openings that passively reduce the amount of solar heat gain entering the building, improve natural day light, and reduce energy consumption. SZSE is designed to be one of the first 3-star green rated buildings in China.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

The 46-storey (254m) Shenzhen Stock Exchange is a Financial Center with civic meaning. Located in a new public square at the meeting point of the north-south axis between Mount Lianhua and Binhe Boulevard, and the east-west axis of Shennan Road, Shenzhen’s main artery, it engages the city not as an isolated object, but as a building to be reacted to at multiple scales and levels. At times appearing massive and at others intimate and personal, SZSE constantly generates new relationships within the urban context, hopefully as an impetus to new forms of architecture and urbanism.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image courtesy of OMA ; photography by Philippe Ruault

Shenzhen Stock Exchange China – Building Information

Project: The New Headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Status: Competition: 1st prize 2006. Completion: May 2013
Client: Shenzhen Stock Exchange
Cost: N/A
Location: Shenzhen, China
Site: 39,000 m2, in the downtown area of Shenzhen at the meeting point of the north-south axis between Mount Lianhua and Binhe Boulevard, and the east-west axis of Shennan Road, Shenzhen’s main artery
Program: Total 265,000 m2; 180,000 m2 above ground: Shenzhen Stock Exchange’s offices, Listing Hall, conference centres, a Chinese art gallery, a technical operations centre, canteen, and a restaurant / club, rental offices, a registration & clearing house, a securities information company, and a retail area; 85,000 m2 below ground.

podium comparison:
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image © OMA

lifted podium:
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
image © OMA

Partners in charge: Rem Koolhaas and David Gianotten, in collaboration with Ellen van Loon and Shohei Shigematsu

Associate in charge: Michael Kokora

On Site Team:
Yang Yang, Wanyu He, Daan Ooievaar, Joanna Gu, Vincent Kersten, Yun Zhang

Design Team:
Kunle Adeyemi, Ryann Aoukar, Sebastian Appl, Laura Baird, Waichuen Chan, Jan Dechow, Lukas Drasnar, Matthew Engele, Leo Ferretto, Clarisa Garcia Fresco, Alasdair Graham, Jaitian Gu, Matthew Haseltine, João Ferreira Marques Jesus, Matthew Jull, Alex de Jong, Santiago Hierro Kennedy, Klaas Kresse, Miranda Lee, Anna Little, Luxiang Liu, David Eugin Moon, Cristina Murphy, Se Yoon Park, Ferdjan Van der Pijl, Franscesca Portesine, Idrees Rasouli, Korbinian Schneider, Wolfgang Schwarzwalder, Felix Schwimmer, Richard Sharam, Lukasz Skalec, Christine Svensson, Lukasz Szlachcic, Ken Yang Tan, Michela Tonus, Miroslav Vavrina, Na Wei, Xinyuan Wang, Leonie Wenz, Su Xia, Yunchao Xu, Yang Yang, Yun Zhang

Competition team:
Konstantin August, Andrea Bertassi, Joao Bravo da Costa, Tieying Fang, Pei Feng, Katharina Gerlach, Carlos Garcia Gonzalez, Martti Kalliala, Klaas Kresse, Anu Leinonen, Anna Little, Jason Long, Beatriz MInguez de Molina, Daniel Ostrowski, Yuanzhen Ou, Mauro Paraviccini, Mendel Robbers, Mariano Sagasta, Bart Schoonderbeek, Hiromasa Shirai, Kengo Skorick, Hong Yong Sook, Christin Svensson, Xinyuan Wang, Dongmei Yao

AMO: Todd Reisz, Brendan McGetrick


Level Acoustic: DHV Building and Industry: Bertie van de Braak, Caroline Kaas, Renz van Luxemburg, Theo Rijmakers

Landscape: Inside Outside: Petra Blaisse, Rosetta Elkin, Aura Melis, Jana Crepon with Laura Baird and Carmen Buitenhuis

QS: L&B Quantity Surveyors: Law Hing Wai, Melody Huang

Structure, Services, Fire, Project Management, Vertical Transportation, Building Physics, Building Intelligence, Geotechnics, Lighting: Arup
Team Leaders:
Michael Kwok, Rory McGowan, Nancy Huang, Chas Pope, Kai-Sing Yung, Oliver Kwong
Structural engineering: Chas Pope, Goman Ho, Xiaonian Duan, Chris Carroll, Robin Ching, Guo-Yi Cui, Andrew Grant, Yue Hao, Jonathan Kerry, Di Liu, Peng Liu, Hui-yuan Long, Alex To, Fei Tong, Matthew Tsang, Yu-Bai Zhong, FX Xie, Liang Xu, Ling Zhou
Façade Engineering: Arup: Andy Lee, Gerald Hobday, Fanny Chan, Raymond Cheng, Kimi Shen
Front: Richard Green, Marc Simmons

Fire Engineering: Mingchun Luo, Dagang Guo, Li-Li Ma, Feng Rui, Yan-dong Wang

Building Services engineering: Oliver Kwong, Kai-Sing Yung, Kenneth Chong, Alba Xu, Li Shen, Johnson Chen, WH Au, Michael Bradbury, Kitman Chan, Johnson Chen, Yong Guan, Andrew Lerpiniere, Eddycol Li, Yong-qiao Luo, Yi Ren, Lewis Shiu, Kenneth Sin, Julian Sutherland, Lu-peng Wang, Qi Wang, Yue Wang, Chris Wong, Sabrina Wong, William Wong, Tie-Jun Xiao, Dong Yan, Juliet Zhang, Li-ping Zhang, Lipy Zhang, Xue-li Zhu, Yue-Hui Zhu

Client Liaison: Nancy Huang, Wei Gao, Penny Liu, Jerry Zhang

Vertical transportiation: Matthew Tang, Julian Olley

Building physics: Vincent Cheng, Isaac Tang, Raymond Yau, Rumin Yin

Building intelligence: Patrick Leung, Michael Tomordy, Sam Tsoi, Henry Chan, Mark Chen, Jacky Lo, Wing-Shan Mak, Edwin Wong

Geotechnical engineering: Mark Choi, Maggie Qing-Min Meng, Jason Ng, Wei-Guang Ruan

Lighting / LED: Steve Walker, Florence Lam, Sacha Abizadeh, Francesco Anselmo, Katie Davies, Junko Inomoto, David Lakin, Melissa Mak, Siegrid Siderius, Imke van Mil, Kevin Womack

Local Design Institute (Architecture & Engineering): SADI: Yuan Chao, Jing Chen, Jun Chen, Wen Deng, Bo Hong, James Hong, Zhen Hu, Ming Huang, Hanguo Li, Wenming Lin, Zhenhai Lin, Chen Liu, Qiongxiang Liu, Jianlin Mao, Jianmin Meng, Zhijian Qiu, Xiaoheng Shen, Xingliang Shi, Luming Shu, Nan Sun, Xiaohong Sun, Qiwen Wang, Yishan Wang, Chao Wu, Fenghua Xiao, Chuangui Xie, Baozhen Yang, He Yang, Hui Zhen, Wenxing Zhen

10 Jun 2011

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Images

New photos + images of the The Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) – designed by OMA:

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images © Zoo Productions

Adjacent to the city’s government offices and facing Shennan Road, Shenzhen’s main artery, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange is planned as a financial centre with civic meaning. Raising the podium not only subverts the traditional architectural necessity of connecting a podium to the ground; it also creates a dramatic public plaza by liberating the ground around the tower. The three-story floating podium is built with 27,000 tons of steel and a single joint in the supporting truss work weighs as much as 172 tons.

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images © Michael Kokora, OMA

7 Jun 2011

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Construction

Latest photos of the The Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) – designed by OMA – with one of the largest cantilevers in the world:

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images © OMA

28 Jun 2010

OMA’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange Tops Out

Shenzhen, 26 June, 2010. The Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) – designed by OMA as the new home for China’s equivalent of the NASDAQ exchange for hi-tech industries – topped out today at 246 metres. The building is remarkable not only for its height: with a raised podium suspended 36 metres over a public plaza and projecting 54 metres from the tower base, the Shenzhen Stock Exchange has one of the largest cantilevers in the world.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange officials, Shenzhen Mayor Xu Qin and Shenzhen Vice-mayors Lu Ruifeng and Chen Yingchun, joined Pritzker Prize-winning architect Rem Koolhaas of OMA at a ceremony on 26th June at the construction site. Koolhaas commented: “We are extremely happy and honoured to have the opportunity to create here a building that can be both subtle and staggering at the same time.”

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building photo / image © OMA

Façade construction has already begun on the tower’s 46 floors, and the Stock Exchange building is scheduled for completion in August 2011.

OMA oversees the ambitious engineering and detailed design by working in an office with the client directly on the construction site – an unusual practice for foreign architects working in China. OMA’s site team is led by Michael Kokora, with general project management by David Gianotten.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange design : OMA

Shenzhen Stock Exchange Building : Nov 2007 – Office for Metropolitan Architecture

New Shenzhen Stock Exchange HQ

Construction Begins On China’s Shenzhen Stock Exchange Designed by OMA

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Stock Exchange building images © OMA, Architects 22 Nov 2007

(Shenzhen; 22 November 2007) Officials from the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SSE) and local government together with representatives from the Office for Metropolitan Architecture (OMA) have broken ground for the construction of the new headquarters for China’s equivalent of the NASDAQ.

The new Shenzhen Stock Exchange is planned as a financial center with civic meaning. The external area is designed as a public space for festivals and gathering whilst the 250m tall Stock Exchange tower will host the trading floor of high-tech and many new, high growth stocks as well as the Shenzhen Stock Exchange offices, registration and clearing house, the Securities Information Company and ancillary services in a gross floor area of 200,000m2.

The premise of OMA’s Stock Exchange design is based on the essence of the stock market as speculation and the desire to create a building that is beyond symbolism for an almost virtual stock market.

For millennia the solid building has stood on a solid base which anchors the structure and connects it emphatically to the ground. In the Shenzhen Stock Exchange building the traditional base is lifted up the tower to become a floating platform to broadcast the economic information of the virtual market and in turn liberate the space on the ground for public space and events.

Founder and Partner of OMA, Rem Koolhaas, OMA’s Managing Partner Victor van der Chijs and the Senior Associate in charge of the Stock Exchange project Kunle Adeyemi were present at the ceremony, along with the entire Shenzhen Stock Exchange project team – including the OMA team now relocated to the city to ensure the proper completion of the building. “The progress of this project has been a source of pride for both parties,” said OMA Managing Partner, Victor van der Chijs. “Less than one year ago OMA was announced the winner of the design competition and we now have a dedicated team in Shenzhen to oversee the completion of The Stock Exchange in 2010,” said Mr van der Chijs.

Mr. Adeyemi added that ”In spite of the accelerated design process, the team is pleased to have been able to retain and enhance the project’s original concept design intents.” The Stock Exchange will be built in Shenzhen’s new Financial District adjacent to the administrative and cultural center of the city.

Shenzhen Stock Exchange, China: Building images / information from OMA, Architects 22 Nov 2007

Shenzhen Stock Exchange – design proposal:
Shenzhen Stock Exchange
building image © from Architects 22 Dec 2006

Shenzhen Stock Exchange : previous information Dec 2006

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