Chicago-based architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has been selected to design the new 441,300ft² headquarters for Soochow Securities Headquarters in Suzhou, China.
The project includes 344,400ft² of office space, an 86,100ft² stock exchange, meeting rooms, classrooms, a cafeteria and underground parking for 400 cars and 800 bicycles.
The triangular massing design responds contextually to the view corridors of the city and lake, the solar orientation of the site, as well as the diagonally approaching major artery, GP said.
Sustainablity features include a soaring interconnecting atrium that rises to the full height of the building to integrate the HVAC system for increased ventilation.
The building's self-shading is conceived to minimise its east and west exposure to allow light to filter through along the south façade.
Other features include a high-performance shingled tower façade that will provide shade during the warmest summer months as well as vegetated mini-atriums, native plantings and other heat-recovery plans.
Located across the 572,000ft² Suzhou International Tower, completed in 1999 by GP, the Securities headquarters will be the 12th project by GP in the city of Suzhou.