The Summit by OMA

In recent years as unicorn tech companies have translated their brand identity into signature headquarters buildings, two typologies have emerged: the egalitarian campus and the powerful, unified icon.

The impressive scale of the Technology Masterplan development in South China has allowed for an effective embrace of both strategies: a campus of iconic buildings.

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For the masterplan’s central headquarters building, we propose to maintain these qualities by fitting a vertically arranged campus of office volumes into a singular, iconic envelope to create a natural “summit”.

To form a strong, natural center-point, The Summit embraces a strategy of mediation in response to the various elements of the site.

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Starting from the heights of the adjacent mid-rise buildings and landscapes, the building’s silhouette rises to form a central apex. The result is a unifying, faceted, mountainlike envelope; its iconic legibility strengthened by the complexity it contains within.

The vertical “campus” is generated by multiplying and densifying the masterplan’s various blob and block buildings into a studied stack—a natural, vertical extension of the surrounding urban fabric.

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The different floorplates allow tenants to arrange various office configurations suited to their needs. Between the volumes, semi-conditioned outdoor spaces are filled with light, shadows, views, and people, all contributing to a dynamic composition.

The ambiguous hierarchy between objects and container rejects a singular reading, forging instead a dual identity for the headquarters building and the future of the internet industry—a singular realm with infinite possibilities. Source by OMA.

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Location: Shenzhen, China

Architect: OMA

Partner: Chris van Duijn

Project Architects: Kellen Huang, John Thurtle

Project Team: Giuseppe Bandieramonte, Ken Fung, Joanna Gu, Tijmen Klone, Martin Lau, Chen Lu, Hector Song, Arthur Wong, Yuemeng Zhao, Junxiang Zhang, Serena Zhang

Local Design Institute: CCDI Group

Structure: Ramboll

Vertical Transportation: Ramboll

Sustainability Consultant: Ramboll

Traffic Consultant: Qianhai SPOM

Façade Consultant: VS-A

Multimedia: Loom on the Moon, Atchain

Year: 2022

Images: Tegmark, Courtesy of OMA

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