China Eastern Airlines

Project details

Location: Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai, China

Size: 245 000m²

Client: China Eastern Airlines

Recognition: 1. Prize in invited international competition

Built: Under construction, planned finished in 2017

Project description

China Eastern Airlines is one of the world’s largest airliners. Their new headquarters will be placed in the proximity of the Hongqiao airport in Shanghai. The cluster of buildings, including the surrounding parkland and the interior of the public areas are designed by NielsTORP+architects. The engineering is designed by ARUP of Shanghai in a Joint Venture cooperating with NielsTORP+Architects. The construction drawings are produced by ECADI of Shanghai.

The headquarters will consist of a cluster of buildings. All in all 245.000 sq. meters. This mass of buildings will include:

  • Office workplace for 12.000 employees.
  • Hotel with approx. 400 rooms.
  • Operation centre for monitoring and preparation of the flights,
  • Operation centre as a terminal for the crew, where they prepar  for the flights.
  • Training centre.

The project is established to be one of the 10 most significant projects under development by the City Council of Shanghai in 2013.

Architectural description:

The site has a square shape, defined by the terminal pier and surrounding office buildings. We transform this place into an oasis suited for people by establishing a parkland, defined by clusters of trees as the outer boundary. Within this square shaped boundary we place the China Eastern Airline village. A cluster of buildings with an amorphous and undulating outline, defined by a “screen” that holds the wing ends of the buildings together.

An interesting shaped park arises as a result of the space between this square outer boundary and the undulating outline of the CEA village.

The CEA village consists of horse shoe shaped buildings organized around the central atrium, with “streets” and bridges between them. Just like an ordinary village with a central plaza, roads and lanes. The Atriums constitute the hearth and the central “living rooms” of the company, where people congregate and ideas arises that helps the company to develop.

The atrium is split in two by the main road. The major internal  communication routes circles around – and connects the two parts  of this atrium – via bridges. The wings of the buildings spread out in the form of a star. This gives short and efficient communication routes.

Most villages have a monumental building placed in the midst of the plaza. The CEA village will have one tower in each of the two atriums that complements each other and holds the village together visually. The towers contain meeting centers. The north tower has a corporate management club on the top floors.

To bring light, air and sightlines into the village the mass of the buildings slopes into the centre.