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These twin 400-metre skyscrapers will form a financial “super base” for Shenzhen

Tim Gibson

11 January 2021

 

A SET of near 400-metre tall skyscrapers has been announced for the Chinese city of Shenzhen.

The twin structures - both called Tower C - will form part of the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, a new financial centre that will serve the mega region of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau.

The buildings will host a number of corporate headquarters and become a global technology hub housing 300,000 employees every day.

Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) has been announced as the winning firm to design the development after an international competition.

Above: The podium integrates with existing public parks (image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects).

The firm’s design has carefully taken the towers’ location into account, orientating the dual buildings around the city’s planned north-south green axis and Shenzhen’s east-west urban corridor.

They connect directly with adjacent parks and plazas, incorporating the public landscape and greenery into the podium of the building and its first several floors.

This invites the public into the heart of the towers where several cultural and leisure attractions are based.

The stepped podium will also create new public spaces and civil plazas for Shenzhen while linking with the city’s metro network.

Throughout this space, pedestrians have been prioritised and there is ample bicycle parking and charging facilities.

Above and Below: The towers will both reach nearly 400-metres-high (images courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects).


Inside the towers themselves, ZHA has used architectural massing, orientation and facade-to-floor ratios to create a truly multi-dimensional vertical city.

Both rising to heights of just under 400-metres, the towers will contain column-free naturally-lit office space alongside shopping, entertainment and dining amenities, as well as a hotel, convention centre and cultural facilities.

Water-collection and recycling, as well as solar power will be incorporated into the design.

ZHA has been under the leadership of Patrik Schumacher since Zaha Hadid’s passing in 2016, the studio has revealed a number of high-profile projects in the past few months including a futuristic metro station in Moscow, a 60,000-seat stadium in the Chinese city of Xi’an, and three interlocking towers that will form Shanghai’s greenest building.

Header image courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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