Project: Two Towers
Designed by REX
Key Personnel: Adam Chizmar, Danny Duong, Gabe Jewell-Vitale, Dongil Kim, Romea Muryn, Roberto Otero, Joshua Prince-Ramus, Lena Reeh Rasmussen, Yuan Tiauriman, João Vieira Costa
Executive Architect: JET/AIM
Consultants: MKA, Transsolar
Client: CBD Leasing Company (CLC) and Minsheng Financial Leasing Company (MSFL)
Scope: 1,416,000 sf
Location: Shenzhen, China
Another Two Towers proposals, this one coming from REX who find space for all of the projects requirements in 1,416,000 square feet.
From the Architects:
Two of China’s largest growing financial institutions—CLC and MSFL—chose to consolidate their new headquarters on a single site within Shenzhen’s Futian Central Business District (CDB). Although the planning regulation permits relatively tall buildings on the site, its maximum allowed building area and the proposed combination of offices and retail seemingly dictate a perfunctory tower-and-plinth scheme. This solution would neither meet the clients’ ambitions of embodying elegance and innovation, nor their desire to enliven the existing CDB.
In a more thoughtful response, CLC’s and MSFL’s offices are organized into two highly efficient blocks with: an ideal 9 meter distance between core and façade; an entirely flexible, column-free plan; the largest floor area allowed by code and urban design requirements; and an efficiency ratio of 80%.
The ideal office blocks are raised to the planning regulation’s height limit to maximize their property value, views, daylight, and iconographic potential.
On the given site, a typical podium would compress retail and collective programs into an undifferentiated mass that would reduce property value, limit daylight, and eliminate most public space. To avoid this condition, the retail and collective programs are amassed into two billboards of attractors, providing each program a unique identity and amplified visibility. Further, maximum pedestrian space is reclaimed and a new, dynamic urban room is created to boost the vitality of Shenzhen’s Futian CBD.
The Two Towers are shifted to make the best possible daylighting relationships between them and their neighbors, and are sheathed in vertical fins of aluminum (CLC) and stone (MSFL) for self-shading and glare control. The resulting towers combine the clients’ desire to project the image of elegance, responsibility, and stability with their wish to stimulate innovation, creativity, and public engagement.
To create the desired typological duality in each building each structure’s pair of concrete cores holds aloft a “launch pad” truss that supports a conventional high-rise gravity framing system and conventional office plans.
The launch pad trusses free the lower levels from normative structural constraints associated with high-rise construction. Hence, retail and collective functions can become an “ant farm” of highly individuated attractors.
Source ArchDaily. *