Paying It
Forward

The new Ant Financial Z Space headquarters, part of Alibaba Center along Xixi Road in the West Lake District of Hangzhou will be home to the company’s growing operation and will be used as a flexible structure to accommodate additional tenants and future real estate adjustments in Ant Financial and Alibaba business plans.

Ant Financial, part of the Alibaba Corporation, is a growing force in the online trade environment that provides payment solutions for more than 500,000 merchants selling and trading goods and services online. A streamlined, easily accessible system of cash and service flow has helped Ant Financial build a global base of over 550 million users with 8.5 million transactions per day. Founded in 2004 with 22 employees, Ant Financial now employs over 3,600 people. This new “global gateway” is located near the legendary West Lake and nestled into an area of hills and low mountains. The new building is also adjacent to Zhejiang University National Science Plaza, linking it to the area’s research community.

Awards and Publications

Awards

MIPIM Asia Awards (shortlist), Best China Futura Project

Publications

Wired, “Architects Invent the Future of Work,” January 17, 2014
Economic Observer, “NBBJ’s Business in China,” September 2013