Even in a substantial Grade A office tower, the potential reallocation of spaces can be a major design consideration. Together with clean, contemporary architecture, generous floor plates, and ergonomic pedestrian flows, there should be the option to repurpose the spaces as business needs evolve.
The China Diamond Exchange Center, designed by Goettsch Partners and commissioned by Shanghai Lujiazui Development Co, stands tall on Century Avenue the main boulevard in Shanghai's Pudong district and the city's financial and commercial hub.
The 15-storey, nearly 50,000m² building provides space for the China Diamond Exchange, which currently occupies one side of the building, as well as other related tenancies. In addition to office space on the upper levels, the building includes ground-floor retail facilities, with the elevator lobby, exhibition space and a restaurant on the floor above.
Partner at Goettsch, James Zheng says the building was conceived as two large rectangular structures connected by a central glass atrium, which looks like a giant sparkling diamond sandwiched between great slabs of coal.
"The core business of the major tenants inspired the design in other ways, too," says Zheng. "Diamond-shaped elements can be seen in the atrium's glass skylight, the structural geometry of the entry canopy, and the lobby floor."
Essentially, the architecture of the China Diamond Exchange Center is a tribute to its stock in trade an aesthetic that also helps it stand out from other, in many cases taller, structures nearby.