Project / 2nd Quarter 2022

Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank Headquarters

The diagrid exoskeleton also serves as solar shading < > Photos by Seth Powers < > < >

Building on SOM’s tradition of pioneering structural engineering solutions, the 158-metre-tall Shenzhen Rural Commercial Bank Headquarters showcases innovative applications of existing concepts of natural ventilation and diagrids. SOM inserted a floating diagrid—similar to an exoskeleton—that serves as both the building’s structure and an important solar shading system against the region’s hot tropical sun onto the façade. Reducing solar gain by approximately 34 per cent and also glare, the diagrid pulls the structure to the exterior and suspends the tower within to create a column-free, open floor plan. At its base, the diagrid broadens to form framed openings ...

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