As the only Nordic architectural office; NIELSTORP+ Architects is the winner of MIPIM ASIA Awards for Best Office Development – for their design of the headquarter of China Eastern Airlines in Shanghai, China
MIPIM Asia Awards 2019 — is the prestigious awards otherwise known as the “Oscars of the Asian real estate world”, and the Norwegian company NIELSTORP+ Architects is a winner in the category Best Office Development. The company won an architectural competition for the design of the 245 000m² large headquarters for the China Eastern Airlines at Hongqiao Airport, Shanghai. The project was completed in 2018.
The headquarters consist of a cluster of buildings for different functions; operation center, hotel and terminal for 3000 crew, training centre and administration offices for 12.000 employees.
The CEA headquarters stands out among the airport's consistently square built environment. From the air it looks like a giant flower.
9 v-shaped buildings creates an organic shape in a clearing in the park landscape. The proximity to a vibrant landscape is achieved; where nature's changes throughout the year constitute a stimulating backdrop.
The buildings, with moderate heights, are given distinctly different colors. This, together with variations in the surrounding park landscape, helps to give a distinctive character and identity to the individual functions and working environments in the complex.
"The idea is to break down the gigantic scale, contrary to the Norwegian norm, that this number of work stations represent. Humane scale, close relationship with living nature, transparency and simple, stimulating communication in inviting, social common areas. These are elements we work with in all our large office buildings "says Niels Torp, design manager and Øyvind Neslein Project Manager.
MIPIM ASIA Awards are awarded to 3 winners in each category; gold, silver and bronze. The final placement on the winning podium is revealed at the award ceremony on the 27th of November in Hongkong.
NIELSTORP+ Architects has had important projects at home and abroad since 1984. Development and master plan for living urban areas such as Aker Brygge, and Tjuvholmen and Cicignon Park in Fredrikstad and the Oslofjorden facility in Stokke. Residential areas, commercial and multifunctional buildings such as BI Nydalen. A part of aviation history: Gardermoen airport, airport hotels, head office for British Airways, SAS HQ and Royal Jordanian airlines. A total of 9 large commercial buildings have been completed abroad. Humane scale, respect for place and environment, call it Norwegian values