Following an international competition, Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been selected to build mobile communications company Oppo’s new headquarters in Shenzhen, China.
Conceived as four interconnected towers reaching a height of 200 m (656 ft) and 42 floors, the 185,000-m2 (2 million-sf) design incorporates two towers of flexible, open-plan spaces linked by a 20-storey vertical lobby, and two external service towers providing vertical circulation. Orientated to maximize views of the nearby Shenzhen Bay, the towers taper inward at lower levels creating large civic spaces at street level.
Locating the towers’ service cores externally frees the centre of each floor from obstructions providing uninterrupted views throughout the building.
Large atrium spaces unite all occupants through visual connectivity. The abundance of natural light, varied working environments, and diversity of routes for staff and visitors to move through the building are all conducive to creative engagement and spontaneity.
Developed as a new civic space for the city with a public walkway diagonally traversing its centre, Oppo’s headquarters will include a landscaped plaza, art gallery, shops, restaurants, and a direct link to the adjacent station of Shenzhen’s subway network.
The 10th floor sky plaza will provide local residents, visitors, and Oppo employees with varied dining, leisure, and entertainment facilities, while the rooftop sky lab will be a public space offering spectacular views.
The Oppo headquarters is targeting the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Gold certification. It is developed with 3D building information modeling (BIM) and energy management systems to optimize efficiencies.
Breaking ground later this year, Oppos’s new headquarters is planned to complete in early 2025.