Soochow Securities Headquarters

Suzhou, N/A / China

CITATION OF MERIT

Operable Window Unit

The Soochow Securities Headquarters building is located in the city of Suzhou, China. The project is positioned along the western edge of the Jinji Lake in Suzhou Industrial Park and is designed as a modern gateway to the city centre. The triangular massing responds contextually to views of the city and lake, the orientation of the site and the diagonally approaching major artery. The triangular form is regarded as a balanced and stable form in China, an image well suited to a stock exchange headquarters. 
The building enclosure is primarily clad in stone and glass curtainwall and incorporates a shingled facade to provide passive shading during the summer months. In order to maintain a clean and uniform exterior enclosure, the required operable window units were hidden and integrated into the shingled façade. This allowed for the occupants to open the operable units without affecting the exterior aesthetic and reinforced the concept that the function of the building would relate to its form. The architects strived to achieve a balance between mechanical and temperature comfort and user flexibility while maintaining the original uniform exterior aesthetic.



Architect of record

James Zheng
Goettsch Partners
224 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Phone: 312-356-0600
Fax: 312-356-0601
jzheng@gpchicago.com

Associate architect

Suzhou Industrial Park Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd
Suzhou, China

General contractor

Jiangsu Nantong No.2 Construction Engineering (Group) Co., Ltd
China
Phone: 8651383316463

Consultant 1

ACLA
Hong Kong, China
Phone: 85228933933

Consultant 2

Steve Margulies
OneLux Studio, LLC
39 West 13th Street
New York, NY 10011, USA
Phone: 212-201-5790

Photographer

Mr. Shen Zhonghai
1st Image
Yi Jing Building B, No. 188, Zhongshan N. No. 1 Road, Suite 604
Shanghai, N/A N/A, China
Phone: 862164400372