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
This building serves as a pilot project of shared office developments to encourage local startup companies in the area.
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.
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.
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
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.
The atrium offers better views and improved natural light exposure.
Seen as the heart of the entire project, the atrium creates chances for visual connection and collaboration.
You can also see a specific mural design by a local graffiti artist, the Orange Blowfish.