2005China National Offshore Oil Corporation
Corporate building: CNOOC headquarters
Architect: Hugh Trumbull, KPF
CNOOC (China National Offshore Oil Corporation), Beijing.
The glazes, in a red and yellow color shade, symbolizing the traditional colors of the old imperial city of Beijing.
The red glaze of the plinth refers to the terracotta palaces of the Forbidden City nearby. SCJ not only designed the color but also the hammered texture of the glaze. The architect wanted a layered skin that had a different look when seen from a distance than up close: "Take it and move it into something really unique." H.T. A special feature is the curved shape of some of the ceramic panels.
The immense atrium has been executed in the yellow of the roof tiles in the Forbidden City. The rounded triangular shape of the ceramic units makes for a lively play of light and shadow, which is reinforced by the tactile finish of the skin.Peter van Kester
Inspired by the palaces of the Forbidden City
Glazes inspired by the walls and roofs of the ancient palaces