OMA has completed the new 180,000m² headquarters for the Shenzhen Stock Exchange (SZSE) in the Chinese city’s Central Business District.
The 254m skyscraper features a three-storey podium that has been elevated 36m above ground to create a public space below and a roof garden on top.
The raised podium features the hall and offices of the Stock Exchange and in its elevated position can ‘broadcast the activities of the stock market to the entire city’.
The façade of the SZSE features a translucent layer of patterned glass that wraps the tower grid and raised podium.
The façade has been designed to change continuously with the weather in order to reflect the environment.
The raised podium and tower are combined as one structure, with the tower and atrium columns providing vertical and lateral support for the structure.
OMA developed the project in collaboration with the local design institute SADI, and consultants DHV, Inside Outside, L&B and Arup.
The architectural firm won the competition for SZSE in 2006 and construction started in October 2008.
OMA partner Rem Koolhaas said SZSE embodies the Pearl River Delta’s phenomenal transformation over the past 30 years.
"We are greatly excited about the building from an architectural standpoint, but I believe its true significance emerges when viewed in an economic, political, and ultimately social context," Koolhaas said.
OMA is currently designing a number of other buildings in China, including the Tencent headquarters in Beijing and the Prince Bay masterplan in Shenzhen.
Image: SZSE headquarters features a three-storey podium that has been elevated 36m above the ground. Photo: Courtesy of OMA.