CLOU.
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We do social space.

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Founded by German architect Jan Clostermann, CLOU is a cosmopolitan team of architects and designers in Beijing, Shanghai, and Shenzhen, with one central mission: to design the best social spaces in the world.

Combining smart creativity with commercial savvy, we take our clients’ challenges and transform them into exceptionally innovative design.
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Our work

We do social space.

Our work focuses on the most vibrant places in today’s world: retail and leisure destinations, large mixed-use complexes, and community hubs.

We define ourselves as creators of social spaces: we design projects that place the human being at centre stage, creating new environments for social encounters and authentic collective identities.

We deliver lively public spaces which are intimately connected to the people who use them and transform the urban fabric in which they are built.

Our experience and creative spirit enables us to take advantage of unexpected potentials, manage complex conditions, and successfully deliver projects that are truly outstanding, truly active – truly social.

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Clou /klu:/
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Ordinary to extraordinary
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A CLOU is an idea that transforms the ordinary into something extraordinary. We strive to serve our clients by surpassing their expectations on every project, finding its unique CLOU.

A CLOU is a smart design that fulfils multiple objectives and connects economic, social, and environmental factors in a truly sustainable approach.

Our approach

We find the CLOU.

We love challenging projects. Through intense research, analysis, idea generation and refinement, we uncover the potential lying within every constraint . Transforming these challenges into architectural opportunities, we find the CLOU.

From conception to completion, each project is advanced by a dedicated, tight-knit team of designers and managers led by an experienced project architect, with comprehensive support by our in-house specialists, including model-building, visualisation, graphic design, and BIM.

This integrated workflow allows us to constantly align our vision with the client, consultant, and contractor team, through all stages of design and construction into operation.

Our services

We do Inside-Outside design.

  • Master Planning Civic structuring and place making
  • Architecture Integrated building development through all scales
  • Façade Design Interactive envelopes with urban impact
  • Urban Renewal Re-thinking spaces into stimulating new identities
  • Landscape Design Captivating connectivity of nature and community
  • Interior Design Unique spatial concepts for meaningful experiences
  • Retail Consultancy Innovative and efficient retail strategies
  • Wayfinding and Visual Identity Coherent visual and architectural form

Our offices

Our bright Beijing office in Sanlitun SOHO features multiple communication spaces, a large model workshop, and a multi-purpose gallery.
Our bright Beijing office in Sanlitun SOHO features multiple communication spaces, a large model workshop, and a multi-purpose gallery.
8 Gongti North Road, Sanlitun SOHO Tower C Unit 1702
Beijing
100027
Our Shanghai Office is located in the historic Shun Pao Building near the Bund. Established in 2020, it offers complete design services for projects throughout China.
Our Shanghai Office is located in the historic Shun Pao Building near the Bund. Established in 2020, it offers complete design services for projects throughout China.
Since 2022, our Shenzhen office services a growing number of projects in the city and the Greater Bay Area.
Since 2022, our Shenzhen office services a growing number of projects in the city and the Greater Bay Area.
Xiangbin Qianhai International Financial Centre Unit 809-C030, No. 18 Zimao West Street, Qianhai
Shenzhen

Our team

We are a community of optimists.

To work at CLOU means to design optimistic architecture in an ambitious and joyful spirit, transcending borders and specialisation.

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As we grow our team,we remain socially conscious and and committed to foster individual development within the supportive atmosphere of our company networks.

CLOU emphasises equal opportunities, and welcomes diversity and people of all backgrounds. If you would like to join our team, please head to the exciting career opportunities here.

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Our clients

We work with ambitious clients.

We share our clients' vision to create iconic destinations that positively influence the people who live, work, and play there.

Our awards

Over the years, our projects have been internationally recognised by receiving numerous awards. We are proud to share this honour with our clients, collaborators, and contractors.

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Creative minds:
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Awards won:
60
We are honoured and humbled.
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Projects built:
47
With attention to detail we are devoted to realising each project’s potential.
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Social spaces:
367
Social space is the Clou of every commercial project.
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Recent awarded projects

We are CLOU.