cepezed recently had a successful trip to China. At the invitation of several clients representatives of the office travelled to Beijing, Hangzhou and Shenzhen and two projects of different nature and scale have been started.
Following the plan that cepezed previously realized in commission by the Genuine Gold Auto Trading Company for an Auto Experience Centre in Shenzhen, the company also requested cepezed to design their new headquarters. This project, with a gross floor area of 25,000 square meters, will be realized in Shenzhen as well. The complex will have a representative appearance and comprises an office tower, a car showroom with repair shops and training centre. Functionality and sustainability are spearheads in this development.
At the same time cepezed has been invited by a developer to take part in a closed international architecture competition for a multifunctional complex in the city of Hangzhou. The competition’s location lies nearby the Grand Canal, that connects Hangzhou with Beijing, and is sandwiched between an important future metro station on the eastside and a 25 centuries old temple complex on the westside.
The project will measure approximately 120,000 square meters and has a diverse programme with commercial functions, a hotel, housing-working units, over 400 high-end apartments and an underground parking for 1100 cars. Below the complex a connection between the metro station and the side of the historical temple is planned. This will also include commercial functions and links to the parking volume.
The temple complex, the surrounding small scale housing and the directly adjacent part of the Canal are jointly labeled as Unesco World Heritage Site. The urban integration of this extensive new building project within the given historic context is one of the important challenges of this architecture competition.