China: Wheelock Square office in Shanghai’s CBD

Few office buildings can boast of combining practicability and beautiful aesthetics in one setting.

Located in the heart of the Central Business District (CBD) of Puxi district of Shanghai, Wheelock Square stands as the tallest and most sophisticated tower in the neighborhood. Its prime location, distinctive design and state-of-the-art facilities have already transformed it into a landmark.

Designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF) and developed by Wharf Holdings Ltd, Wheelock Square on Nanjing Road West captured international acclaim by winning a bronze in the “best business centers” of the MIPIM Asia Awards 2011.

KPF’s trailblazing efforts to combine an eco-friendly concept and modern facilities would explain why the building was selected as a prizewinner.

Standing 270 meters tall, it is covered with a low-emissivity (Low-E) glass facade, which can absorb sunshine and stem heat loss. Other green design elements include water-saving faucets, a heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system for indoor air quality control, and standard energy efficient T5 lighting.

A 24/7 building management system controls lighting efficiency, air-conditioning and energy usage. Panels allow for fresh air on all floors, and full waste recycling is standard throughout the building.

“Wheelock Square is innovative, elegant and sustainable by design, which is the perfect representation of style, quality and corporate pride in today’s modern work environment,” said Robert Whitlock, KPF Principal and chief architect of Wheelock Square.

The 61-story tower has become premium office space following a green concept. Shortly after its completion, it was the first office building to obtain LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council. Wheelock Square deserves recognition as a pioneering example of sustainable building designs in Shanghai.

The complex is bordered by a green belt, which is near the historic Jing’an Temple and the grounds of the Children’s Palace that, offers a tranquil escape from downtown Puxi.

Accessible transportation

Convenient public transportation gives added appeal for white-collar workers. Within walking distance, one can find Nanjing Road’s residences, shops and public services, which reduces the impact from greenhouse gas emissions and air pollution from automobile.

Wheelock Square offers world-class amenities. It is the only premium office building on the Puxi side of Shanghai that provides a concierge, house-keeping and management services that surpass five-star hotel standards.

Tenants can enjoy the conveniences of a concierge team that manages flight bookings and citywide assistance, a 24-hour Duty Manager, along with amenities that include executive bathrooms with shower facilities.

The concierge offers one-stop service for new companies. The multi-lingual concierges -fluent in Mandarin, English and Japanese – manage travel arrangements such as airline ticketing, hotel reservations, limousine transfers and porter services.

A range of corporate services, from ordering stationery and couriers to organizing express printing and translation services, are provided as well.

Personal services include tailoring, gift-wrapping and floral arrangements. Since its completion in the second quarter of 2010, Wheelock Square has been the top choice for many multi-national corporations.

Top global companies including Bristol-Myers Squibb, Mitsui, Shiseido, Coach, LG Chem, Conde Nast, Clarkson Asia, NBBJ, Sheppard Mullin, Reed Smith and Poly Plastics, as well as Industrial and Commercial Bank of China (ICBC), are counted as tenants. Four of these companies occupy an entire floor, and a pharmaceutical company has acquired three floors (6,400 sq m) for office space.

“Wheelock Square is a development with world-class management and facilities. It will enhance Shanghai’s skyline, and redefines the landscape of the district,” said Dave Siu, general manager of estate management for Shanghai at Wharf China Estates, a subsidiary of Wharf Holdings Limited.

“The significant investment we have made in this landmark commercial building reaffirms our confidence in the business opportunities that exist in Shanghai, and across China,” he said.

Cultural appeal

In addition to hosting top brands, Wheelock Square attracts cutting-edge cultural and design events.

An exclusive Shanghai retrospective of the works of Polish-American photo artist, Ryszard Horowitz, was held on Oct 20, 2011.

This exhibition, open to the public and the artist’s debut in Shanghai, strengthens its international position as a center for business, design and culture in China, which is committed to becoming the most sought after location in Asia for corporate headquarters’ office space.

Wheelock Square has defied gloomy global economic conditions, as well as fighting off aggressive local competitors. It’s drawing a strong leasing response from leading domestic and multinational companies since its opening in the summer of 2010.

Source : China Daily

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