The Shanghai Stock Exchange (SSE) Tower was built in 1997, with a 3,600 square meter column-less trading floor, holding and 1,810 trading seats, it was once the biggest trading floor in Asia. In order to meet the new demands of the changing global marketplace, the SSE trading floor is in need of a renovation.
New functions were programmed to be overlaid on the existing framework, with the addition of a platform for IPO ceremonies; a large meeting space for publicly traded companies, a market investigation and oversight area and a stock trading area in the Central hall. In addition, increased media seating with direct views of sight were introduced in the Central Hall along with a transformed section of the original trading seats which will be used as stock trading and investor education areas. Above the Central Trading Hall, the areas to the north and south on the mezzanine, originally located behind the trading monitor, will be transformed into conference rooms and a live-broadcast platform. The VIP floor, one floor above, will be renovated to include VIP meeting rooms and a museum dedicated to the history of the SSE.
The glass cylinder market investigation and oversight area in the southern section of the central hall, with illuminated glass flooring and the news ticker displaying up-todate market data, will through its physical transparency, symbolize market openness. The trading area in the northern section of the hall will make use of a similar design approach, connecting the trading and oversight area with a glass volume formed in the traditional Chinese character for the number “eight.” The Chinese pronunciation of the number eight resembles the word “flourish,” implying a sense of prosperity for the market.
The new Shanghai Stock Exchange Trading Floor is not only an important center for global commerce, but will become a symbolic visual identity for China’s global financial and securities market.