Copyright Cloud HQ is inspired by traditional Guizhou stilt houses

Copyright Cloud HQ is inspired by traditional Guizhou stilt houses

Shanghai HuaDu Architecture & Urban Design Group (HDD) has completed the Chinese Culture (Publishing and Broadcasting) Data Industry (CCDI) project, the first national-level data center in China’s news, publishing and broadcasting industry. Located in Guiyang City’s Guizhou Shuanglong Airport Economic Zone in southwest China, the Copyright Cloud Headquarters serves as the country’s largest platform for copyright trading and the largest hub for broadcasting and television networks. In a nod to the importance of big data to the facility, the architects envisioned the contemporary building as an “information box” wrapped in an aluminum louvered facade that visually references big lines of code.

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The Copyright Cloud Headquarters serves as the first project launched in the CCDI Industrial Park and was built to create national-level databases on copyright information and digital content that has been monitored and tracked online. The building is divided into two main parts: the above-ground section with three floors and the underground section with two floors that are partly buried into the slope on the south side. Native plantings help blend the submerged sections of the building into the landscape. 

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aluminum building on stilts
reception with wood desk and wood walls plus one wall of glass

The architects also took inspiration from Guizhou’s traditional stilt houses for the design of the office building. Due to the sloped site, the architects installed two columns on the east side of the building to support the upper volumes. The raised volumes are likened to a “smart information box” suspended above the hilly landscape. 

office with several desks near wood wall
aluminum building lit up at dusk

The architects explained, “Benefitting from the city’s geography, industrial policy and other advantages, the Copyright Cloud Headquarter endeavors to represent the concepts of intelligence, digitalization, and ecology with architectural design, and to create a vital, complex, open, and ecology-driven big data display platform to eventually safeguard the functioning of the modern and intelligent information network infrastructure.” The project was completed in 2018. 

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Photography by Zhang Yong via HDD

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