In close proximity to Beijing, this area has seen significant investment recently because it is expected to become a new sub-centre of Beijing. The client, Sunshine Insurance Group, needed space for its administrative office, data centre, call centre, and a venue for its regular events and training sessions. Occupying 190,000 square metres, the project combines two large plots facing the Unyu(温楡)river to the west.
A pleasant workplace
Located away from downtown Beijing, and surrounded by many high-rise buildings and industrial complexes, the challenge here was to create a feel-good atmosphere. The architects focused on developing a townscape with areas of fully-integrated, green landscaping. The greenery also serves to create connections between the many buildings of the complex and helps with orientation.
European clay materials
The client wanted the development to have a strong and unique identity. At the same time, they wished to focus on the wellbeing of the people working there, and to create a connection to the environment. A traditional European style of architecture was chosen to create intimacy and a warm, liveable atmosphere. The building materials had to live up to the same standards. For the façade, red clay bricks with subtle colour variations were imported from Europe. They create the desired contrast with the grey of the granite, and ensure a warm and authentic look. European clay roof tiles complete the historic style. In contrast to the traditional appearance of the exterior, the interior of the building was designed in a modern style with contemporary, functional workplaces.
Project nameSunshine Group Tongzhou, near Beijing, China
ArchitectTakashi Okamoto, NIKKEN SEKKEI
ClientSunshine Insurance Group
Terca Sunshine Red & Koramic Datura slate engobe
Year of completion2015