Chicago Firm Behind New Tower in Shunde, China

Friends Of The Blog, Goettsch Partners, has released the details of its new office tower about to go up in Shunde, China.

This is going to be a 650-foot-tall building between Guangzhou and Hong Kong. It’s been a few years since I’ve been in that part of the world, and all I remember of it was fields and mountains and haze.  It’s simply incredible how quickly that part of the world is growing.

And while Chicago is no longer the skyscraper capitol of the world, firms like Goettsch Partners, SOM, and AS+GG are making sure that Chicago’s influence in the global architecture trade isn’t diminished.

Press release follows the photo gallery.

200-meter-tall building will be a city landmark between Guangzhou and Hong Kong

SHANGHAI – (October 23, 2012) – Architecture firm Goettsch Partners (GP) has designed the new Poly Business Tower in Shunde, China. Totaling 110,000 square meters, the project is one of several current assignments between GP and leading Chinese developer Poly Real Estate (Group) Co., Ltd. Other office, hotel and mixed-use developments are located in the cities of Chengdu, Deyang and Guangzhou.

The new signature tower in Shunde will be the tallest structure in the area, at a height of 200 meters, and will be a centerpiece of the business district. It will add valuable Class A office space and will be in close proximity to various cultural and government facilities in the city, making the structure a critical venue and focal point.

“The Poly Shunde Business Tower further reinforces GP’s global reach and commitment to China and other emerging markets in Asia,” explains James Zheng, AIA, LEED AP, a partner in the firm who leads its China office. “We are very pleased to continue our work with Poly Real Estate as one of the country’s premier developers. Our goal is to design modern and environmentally responsible buildings that clearly reflect their function and context. We are driven by our pursuit of excellence and inventive solutions that embrace performance and bold design.”

GP’s concept was to create an efficient, modern tower that integrates features of the local culture into the architectural expression of the building. Particularly inspired by the “pinwheel” patterns commonly found in the regional screens and paving, the tower’s planning and façade articulation are designed to showcase this traditional vernacular. Pinwheel-patterned perforated screens extend the full height of the tower in order to provide shading; more importantly though, they integrate and conceal fresh-air

ventilation for all office floors. These screens, in conjunction with automated energy controls, high-performance glazing and vertical shading devices, create an energy-efficient skin that also provides floor-to-ceiling glass for all office users.

A multi-story winter garden is designed for the top of the structure, offering unobstructed views of the surroundings in all directions. This signature space will be lit at night to create a new beacon that provides identity for the Shunde business district. At the base, the tower is seated at the head of a ceremonial garden. The four-sided lobby is designed to engage the landscape, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior space while intuitively segregating vehicular and pedestrian circulation around the perimeter of the building.

“The building façade’s expression will be unique,” said Paul De Santis, LEED AP, design principal with Goettsch Partners. “Integrating vernacular design elements with modern technology will create an elegant and sophisticated addition to the Shunde skyline.”

Completion of the development is scheduled for 2014.

Author: Editor

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