NIO User Experience Center in Hefei, China

A new User Experience Center has been added to the well-known NeoPark in Hefei, China. Like the NIO logo, the structure's upper half symbolizes the sky and the lower half the earth – a really beautiful building.

This new center is special in many ways. Its extraordinary facade makes it a real eye-catcher. Moreover, true CO2 neutrality has been achieved by using eco-friendly building materials with no hidden CO2 and by generating electricity from photovoltaic systems installed on the roof.

The design has also been chosen very carefully. The concept of NIO as a brand is presented here in an elegant and symbolic way: on one hand, the closing circle stands for continuous research and innovation; on the other hand, we can see the open sky with a never-ending road, which can also be found in the company logo.


Elliptical aluminum tubes were used as the main supporting components. The curtain wall system, which is the building's eye-catcher, was created by arranging vertical grids at a distance of approximately 11 inches. Two circular steel beams on the upper main structure are used as a supporting element for the grid, while another circular steel beam below provides structural stability for the circular shape.

CIMA, a Chinese Dlubal Software customer, acted as a consultant for facades in this project. The use of RFEM for the analysis of the facade structure and RWIND for the determination of the wind load resulted in the conceptual design of this impressive building, which was clearly implemented successfully.

Location Hefei

Investor Hefei Xinqiao Technology Investment Development Co., Ltd
Architecture Schmidt/Hammer/Lessen Architects SHL Shanghai
Structural Design China Automotive Industry Factory Co., Ltd
Facade Design Shanghai Cima Engineering Consulting Co., Ltd

Project Specifications

Model Data

Number of Nodes 6361
Number of Lines 9379
Number of Members 9379
Number of Surfaces 0
Number of Solids 0
Number of Load Cases 1
Number of Load Combinations 0
Number of Result Combinations 0
Total Weight 44.427 tons
Dimensions (Metric) 69,099 x 6,500 x 69,097 m
Dimensions (Imperial) 226.7 x 21.33 x 226.7 feet

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