'A high-tech fortress'

12 Jun 2014

Parisian design studio completes €98m Data Processing Center for the Bank of Shanghai

Silvio d’Ascia Architecture has released a series of impressive images following the completion of its Data Processing Center for the Bank of Shanghai in Zhangjiang Innovation Park. Located approximately 21km from Pudong, the 76,000 sq m scheme is the second data processing centre in Shanghai for the practice in recent years. Silvio d’Ascia Architecture worked in partnership with AREP and Shanghai-based ECADI.

Speaking on the design concept, Silvio d’Ascia notes: “The idea was to give a certain solidity to the image of the bank; we wanted the center to reflect the strength of the financial institution housed within its walls. I truly believe this sort of building, the data center, is the future. Every company will need one.”

The core data center facilities are located in a uniform foundation wrapped in local Shanghai granite. This smooth grey finish contrasts starkly with the glass and aluminium brise-soleil found on the exterior of the central office tower.

Supporting the data center are a number of additional amenities including a conference center, customer service centers, a restaurant and office units. The complete scheme is imagined as a ‘digital fortress’, projecting an image of strength and stability for the financial institution. 

The 76,000 sq m (121,000 sq m including parking) complex is split thus:

Conference center (2,000 sq m)
Hotel and residential tower (3,600 sq m)
Education center (3,000 sq m)
Data center (12,500 sq m)
Upper-level management offices (7,000 sq m)
Accounting center (6,800 sq m)
Data center support offices (23,500 sq m)
Banking card center (11,100 sq m)
Customer service center (6,500 sq m)
Underground parking (45,000 sq m)

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