SBF Tower by Hans Hollein


SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

Architect Hans Hollein of Vienna has designed this high-rise office tower for Shenzhen, China.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

Called SBF Tower, the 200 meter-tall building will have 42 storeys.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

These will be divided into alternating zones, with six glazed storeys that have identical floor plates followed by five plates with irregular plans forming terraces.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

This pattern will be repeated up the building.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

A building around the tower's base will house the entrance, a business centre and restaurant.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

More Dezeen stories about Shenzhen:

Vanke Center Shenzhen by Steven Holl Architects
Shenzhen International Energy Mansion by BIG
Shenzhen Crystal Island by OMA and Urbanus
Shenzhen 4 Tower in 1 by Steven Holl Architects
China Insurance Group headquarters by Coop Himmelb(l)au
Museum of Contemporary Art & Planning Exhibition in Shenzhen by Coop Himmelb[l]au
Shenzhen Stock Exchange by OMA
Shenzhen International Airport Terminal 3 by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

Here's some more information from Hollein's office:

Shenzhen / China

SBF Tower

The office tower has a strategic position within the texture of the city.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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Adjacent to the Town Hall and its main North-South axis, and located on East-West oriented Shen Nan Avenue, it has the pole position in the central quarter in Shenzhen, where in midst the stock exchange building dominates.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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The SFB Tower building contrasts to the stock exchange building. In actual fact it contrasts to any highrise in the vicinity because it is different. With its memorable design in an exposed corner position of the cluster, it becomes a dominant statement within the highrises.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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The tower building in plan is a simple square of 45 m x 45 m, with 42 floors and an overall height of 200 m and it features a total floor area of 80.500 m² above ground. A skirt building partially frames the tower in the base zone, where the entrance area, the public business hall and a high class restaurant are located.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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The tower building itself rises on top as a highly sculptured building with vertical gardens integrated in the architecture such giving the tower a very distinct appearance talking of alternative workstyle and sustainability.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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Vertically the tower is a layered structure featuring two different zones of 5 to 6 floors each which repeat alternating 3 and 4 times. One such zone has 6 identical floors with a square outer perimeter.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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But the other zone of 5 floors is highly complex in its outer appearance. Each individual floor is seemingly different; deep setbacks and far outreaching cantilevers interchange along the imaginary façade line and are overgrown with plants.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

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These sky garden-levels also have the advantage that their purposely versatile outer appearance is very flexible and can easily answer individual situations. The main entrance lies in the north with a covered drive up. A ramp leads to the underground parking in the northwest of the access street in the west.

SBF Tower by Hans Hollein

East two way exit ramp from the underground parking also connects up with the road system. A symbolic feng-shui door is positioned at the south eastern corner. The entrance lobby with the adjoining business hall has luxurious dimensions with tall spaces and interesting volumetric situations. The materials used are elegant surfaces of stone and wood, glass and metals.

See also:


Shenzhen Crystal Island
by OMA and Urbanus
Vanke Center Shenzhen
by Steven Holl Architects
Beirut Terraces
by Herzog & de Meuron

Posted on Tuesday August 3rd 2010 at 1:22 pm by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • edward

    Not enough information on the irregular shaped floors to comment but it looks intriguing. Nice napkin sketch.

  • jeanpierre

    Wait, not so long ago the same building was designed by MVRDV, later on – thanks god – it was Coop Himmelb(l)au, now it is Hollein – thanks god again –

    What’s actually going on there?

  • zecks

    An interesting concept, which looks pretty horrid.

  • RLKC

    looks like lego

  • Kaptain krunch

    better to live in than look at perhaps?

  • ozmoto

    Used to be one would design something beautiful to get publicity…

  • isla

    i think the sketch is way better than the project

  • Arild

    Interesting but very very ugly. In a similar way to the Taipei Performing Arts Centre by OMA.

  • Amie

    function before form, but this is horrible… a better form probably wouldn't hurt the concept or function, right?

  • funkitimes

    It's like Center Pompidou meets simple clean tower…and that is why I just dont like it….2 so very different languages that seem to be mashed together for spectacle rather than considered design. Just my opinion, but this does not work, & sadly its why many people can't, or dont even try to undertand or appreciate contemporary architecture.

  • James

    Undergraduate school called. They want their hallway display back.

  • Tellsitlikeitis

    Shenzhen is the worst city on earth so this wont really do any more harm.

  • ste

    the project seems to become more boring with every step it takes! the sketch looks promising… the plans are boring… and the renderings looks just horrible! one can literally feel the lack of innovation and will to do something good to the city of shenzhen in this project! please hans…

  • ryan

    didn't know hollein was still alive….

  • ugyen

    This looks a bit like billionaire Mukesh Ambani's US$1 Billion dollar residence being built in Mumbai, India.

  • Shenzhener

    Holl'ein crap!

  • scream

    Not a bad solu wish i designe but I didn't so I can o sit around and mope.