Coffey Architects to Design Qingdao Group Headquarters

8 June 2010 (Last Updated June 8th, 2010 18:30)

Coffey Architects will design the new headquarters for Qingdao iron and steel group in China. The 40,000m² master plan will see new offices replace existing units, with spaces allocated for other functions such as catering, research, sports and sales. The scheme is cal

Coffey Architects will design the new headquarters for Qingdao iron and steel group in China.

The 40,000m² master plan will see new offices replace existing units, with spaces allocated for other functions such as catering, research, sports and sales.

The scheme is called "The Cloister", with the formal spaces resembling a steel ingot and acting as the main circulation and services route.

The spaces carry energy from a local electricity generating plant, which runs from waste heat from the steel production line, to each of the linked buildings.

The structure will glow in the night due to recovered energy from the steel plant.

Work on the project is expected to begin in August, according to architectsjournal.co.uk.