CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator: An Innovation Incubator for Hi-Tech Startup Companies

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects was responsible for the redevelopment project of CaoHeJing Innovation Incubator. CaoHeJing is known as an innovation incubator for Hi-Tech startup companies located in Hi-Tech Park, Shanghai’s Silicon Valley, China. The project was successfully finalized in 2014.

CaoHejing Innovation Incubator

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This building serves as a pilot project of shared office developments to encourage local startup companies in the area.

The Facade

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Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects proposed to overclad and combine the existing rendered concrete façade by using a corrugated and perforated polyester powder covered with aluminum skin. Caohejing Innovation Incubator An Innovation Incubator For Hi Tech Startup Companies In Shanghai 6

This structure exudes a clean and simple expression of openings inside and behind the perforated aluminum. The aluminum itself acts as a shading for every workspace without affecting the daylight exposure and view outside.

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Meanwhile, the façade also increases the insulation build-ups and integrates the existing services with the new ones. Even so, these facilities remain hidden from everyday view.

The New Atrium

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Another key design presented by Schmidt Hammer Lassen Architects is opening the existing deep plan of the building to create a new atrium in the middle.

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The atrium offers better views and improved natural light exposure.

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Seen as the heart of the entire project, the atrium creates chances for visual connection and collaboration.

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You can also see a specific mural design by a local graffiti artist, the Orange Blowfish.

Via SHL