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ON-SITE: Construction of the China Energy Conservation and Environmental Protection Group (CECEP) campus tops-out in Shanghai.


CECEP is China’s leading company initiating and funding projects with a focus on renewable energy technologies that include: solar, hydroelectric & wind; environmental & water conservation initiatives; as well as developing innovations to reduce energy consumption and emissions in the construction industry.

Continuing their commitment to renewable energy and the environment, the new CECEP campus in Shanghai by Zaha Hadid Architects incorporates sustainable strategies within its design and construction to achieve more than 85 credits in China’s Three Star Green Building Rating system.

The 218,000 sq.m campus sets new benchmarks for the city in energy efficiency and sustainability. Located adjacent to the Yangpu Bridge on the Huangpu River, the design responds to its riverfront site and is defined by the history and dynamism of the city.

A mixed-use urban campus of three office towers, shopping, dining and leisure facilities linked together by a park that connects directly with the city, the campus creates new public spaces enveloped by nature.

The design also includes the renovation and re-use of the site’s existing Minghua Sugar Factory. Built in 1930, this historic industrial building will be repurposed to host CEPEC’s many education and community engagement programmes.

With rainwater harvesting, optimised external shading and photovoltaics to provide on-site energy production, the new campus will also incorporate thermal ice storage for cooling. Locally-produced, prefabricated components will reduce the project’s embodied carbon while procurement will prioritize recycled materials.

Photograph by Liang Xue