The ambitious project aims to secure Shenzhen's status as the most important center of the IT industry. The construction site is located in the western district of Nanshan, near the Bao'an International Airport (we wrote about its new terminal designed by Massimiliano Fuksas), the financial center and, in fact, Hong Kong is very close. The bureau gmp won the tender back in 2009. The plan envisages the construction of 18 high-rise buildings grouped around an elongated low-rise core. The already completed first phase of the complex so far includes three buildings in the northeastern part of the site with a height of 60, 90 and 100 m and a total area of 137,900 m2.
Two aisles very unsuccessfully separate the towers, so it was not easy to solve the main task - to create some kind of community, to stimulate active interaction between specialists of small IT firms. For this, the foundations of the buildings were connected by transitions, so that from above the layout resembles a meander. The main points of communication are located in this common base: the conference center, restaurants, small shops. It is easy to get into them both from any tower and from the street, without disturbing the office staff. In addition, the intricate geometric volume with roof terraces helped the architects to form two open public areas.
The extended box uniting the hulls finds its natural continuation in the structure of the towers themselves. The extremely rigid grid of volumetric pixelated facades is broken by smooth glass inserts that cut the buildings to their full depth. This, another, meander "strip" begins and ends with glazed lobbies, three stories high. The restaurants located in them offer spectacular views of the Pearl River Delta and the city itself.
Facade construction is worthy of special mention. The “lattice” cells are 60 cm deep. They are formed by sheets of perforated metal that cover the ventilation openings, and it was this solution that allowed the architects to use large glazing areas. In addition, the expanding edges of the cells provide protection from the sun rays, which are rather hard in these places.