Forming a permeable screen in front of the building, a perforated stone curtain, engraved in large letters with the L’Oréal name, gives tantalising glimpses of the interior, and, at the same time, offers a certain privacy to staff activities within. Standing further back behind the screen, the laboratories and life sciences departments gradually reveal themselves. The three wings of laboratories are arranged around a central garden, in the manner of a cloister, with the garden as a focal point, and ground level galleries give access to the various parts of the site. The garden, with its flowing, and curvaceous forms, represents biological research and life sciences, contrasting strongly with the refined, rectilinear style of the architecture.
The project achieves a high-level of energy saving performance. The landscaping, interior and architectural design, site management, and material sourcing, were managed in such a way as to earn the first gold LEED certification in China.
The project consists of two parts. The first offers a façade to the street, composed of spaces containing office areas and reception rooms for models.
The second part, perpendicular to the first, houses the laboratories and life sciences departments. An extension containing future laboratories is under construction. It will complete the composition around the garden.
– Client: L’Oréal China
– Client assistance: Arte Charpentier Architectes
– Team representative: Arte Charpentier Architectes
Technical consultant: EDRI
– Address: 550, Jin Yu Road, Pudong Shanghai
– City: Shanghai
– Phase II completion: 2008, Phase V expected end 2013
– Programme: design contract, preliminary studies and client assistance. Testing and life sciences laboratory, chemistry laboratory, offices, conference room.
– Specific services: Testing and life sciences laboratory, chemistry laboratory for cosmetic product research
– Total area: phase II 6000m²; phase V 8000m²
– Programme surface area: 15000m²
– Certification: LEED “Gold”