Fosun wanted to transition from being a leading Chinese investment group to being perceived as an emerging international player at the forefront of the market. Its new Shanghai headquarters needed to represent these new values.
“The new space has transformed our way of working.”
- Chunling Zhang, Partner & Vice President, Fosun Property
Beyond transforming the behaviour and working habits of its staff, the group also aspired to create an environment that could creatively capture the unique identity of its umbrella brands, whilst tying them together in a unified way that embraces elegance, nature and a new way of working.
Our project team worked closely with the client to understand and interpret the vision. By taking a deep dive into Fosun’s existing processes and plans, the team identified a variety of new elements to consider in the design. Due to limited time frames, the project delivery involved the simultaneous execution of a number of parallel, integrated processes.
The team assessed the firm’s different brands and began assigning a combination of representative colours and textures to the interior to establish a unique visual identity for each, and by blending these together, create a consistent, unified whole.
Bright, open and enriching, the new workspace is infused with a smooth, artistic flow, emphasised via through the use of natural hues and textures, sweeping glass and soft tones.
“With a strong and beautiful stroke, Fosun painted a picture of their future workplace vision. They were the painter, we were the brush.”
- Ziggy Bautista, Design Director at M Moser
To deliver Fosun’s vision and build a new transformative, collaborative and sustainable workplace, the team applied the following design concepts:
The project built a “green” working system into every aspect, including high-voltage electrostatic precipitator equipment to isolate more than 90% of air pollutants, intelligent lighting controls and a double filtration system for drinking water.
The staircase centrepiece encourages the fluid integration of floors and people, through the use of natural tones and textures, a lush green wall and sculpted glass. The space embraces an open-concept and Activity Based Working (ABW) approach, to connect collaboration spaces and bring people together.
A tailor-made conference booking system utilises thermal sensors to automatically open available resources to optimise spatial efficiency. The design also incorporates mobile and internet-based technologies, to increase workstation efficiency.
Executive Floor Community Hub
Sweeping marble floors lead out to each corner of the floor-to-ceiling windows, drawing the eyes towards the striking architecture of the Shanghai skyline. An open-plan concept promotes activities such as tai chi, in this generous, tranquil space adorned with traditional Chinese ornaments. Comfortable seating areas combine a sense of relaxation with the melting elegance that exudes from the natural hues and gold detailing. A delicate and cascading glass installation above the staircase provides a strong reminder of the space’s graceful fluidity.
Not only does the workspace incorporate a new look-and-feel, but improved functionality has been one of the key driving factors in changing the behaviour of employees. Balancing beauty and practicality has made a distinct contribution to the transformative impact of the final result.
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- Area 193,750 sq-ft
- Completion date 2016
- Location Shanghai