KWG Group Holdings Offices – Shanghai

  • Client KWG Group Holdings,
  • size 32,500 sqft
  • Year 2020
  • Location Shanghai, China,
  • Industry Real Estate Services,
  • SHH was tasked with the design for KWG Group Holdings, one of the largest privately-owned property developers located in Shanghai, China.

    Luxury interior and architecture design practice SHH has completed new top floor headquarters for leading Chinese developer, KWG Group holdings, in Shanghai, China. The 32,500 sq ft project unfolds over levels 19 and 20. The new office space strengthens the Guangzhou-based developer’s expansion within mainland China.

    The twenty-storey building that hosts KWG’s new headquarters is in an office campus just west of the city centre of Shanghai. The premises have been designed by SHH to be client-focused, making a strong first impression, while reflecting the quality of KWG’s existing offices in Guangzhou and Hong Kong.

    Visitors arrive at level 19 to a large reception area which contains a feature brass wall, and an eight-metre high brass and glass display case to showcase KWG’s development projects. This extends up through a new staircase which leads to the second reception area on floor 20.

    The office space on level 19 provides a boardroom and two secondary meeting rooms boasting views over the Huangpu River. A number of cellular offices for senior staff are located around the perimeter of the floor with uninterrupted river views. A more casual creative hub for design staff featuring a sample library, a workshop and various employee working areas are found on the same level. Further along, an internal breakout space is screened from an area of workstations by a perforated brass wall that creates privacy and separation whilst still allowing natural daylight to enter the space.

    Level 19 is largely dedicated to executive facilities including VIP offices and suites for the company CEO and President. It also accommodates smaller areas of general workspace, a secondary reception and lounge, along with an additional breakout area.

    The design is sophisticated and welcoming throughout with neutral tones and soft shapes and curves. The materials palette includes timber, stone, leather, fabrics, laminate glass, mesh and brass highlights. Colour is introduced through the furniture and rugs creating a hotel-like feel in the VIP spaces. Walkways are broken up with integrated lights and planting, which also bring the outside in.

    Brendan Heath, associate director at SHH, said: “KWG Group Holdings engaged us following our work with them on a number of office and residential development projects in Guangzhou and Hong Kong; to provide them with a new headquarters building befitting a growing, high quality business that has a strong ethos that puts design and its clients at the heart of its work.”

    Founded in 1991, SHH is an internationally recognised architecture and design practice based in London.

    Design: SHH
    Photography: Shoucheng Liang