Hengqin International Financial Center
The spirally rising volume revoking the Chinese idiom flood dragon busting from the sea. In ancient Chinese literature, flood dragon is a mythical creature capable of invoking storms and floods. It is often used to describe a newborn power. Another metaphor of this four towers composition can be related to the strategic location of the Hengqin free trading district, which is a new economic engine of the emerging megalopolis in Pearl River Delta (consisting Hong Kong, Macau, Shenzhen and Zhuhai).
UNIQUE PROPERTIES / PROJECT DESCRIPTION:
Hengqin International Financial Center is the kick-off project of Shi¬zimen CBD, which will be the milestone for development of the whole region. It is a mixed-use project, mainly including Class-A office building, supporting conference and exhibition facilities, apartments, service facilities and retails.
The project creates an unique building icon that highlight the location and celebrate the local culture.
OPERATION / FLOW / INTERACTION:
The evolutionary building form address the distinctive nature of various function. The dynamic podium accommodate retail and conference. The lower part of the tower dominated by square-shaped office floor provides international business tenants efficiency and flexibility. High-end apartments occupy the upper part of the tower articulated into four slabs, which provide astonishing vista and great ventilation.
PROJECT DURATION AND LOCATION:
The project is located in Hengqin Block, Shizimen CBD. It possesses optimal panoramic mountain views, faces the landscape axis in Hengqing CBD masterplan on the south, and overlooks Peninsular Macao on the north, with grand sea view and Taipa Island on the east, and is opposite to the booming Zhuhai Eastern New Area on the west. The landscape conditions provide great advantages for the orientation layout of the building. Construction started in March 2014.
FITS BEST INTO CATEGORY:
Architecture, Building and Structure Design
PRODUCTION / REALIZATION TECHNOLOGY:
The facades are composed of mainly metal plates, and two different curtain wall glass to highlight its unique architecture form. The podium facade are designed with parametric surfaces, which can be divided as 1.5mX1.5m triangular elements. The materials applied to each face often based on the functional requirements of the corresponding spaces on the interior, thus creating a powerful dynamic between the inside and the outside and fulfilling a compelling and unique architectural gesture.
SPECIFICATIONS / TECHNICAL PROPERTIES:
The project consists of a 334-metre mixed-use high rise with a retail podium and a 30-metre lantern crown rooftop. The façades on all four sides have curvilinear surfaces requiring a guide rope stabilization system on the suspended work platform to insure safe and efficient façade maintenance. The free-form glass enclosed podium only permits rope access for the tops and sides of the structure and aerial work platforms (AWPs) for the sides of the podium that are below 35 meters tall.
TEAM MEMBERS (1) :
Andy Wen & Keith Griffiths
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