Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower
by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas


Guosen Securities Tower in Shenzhen by Studio Fuksas

This skyscraper with a zig-zag channel cut into the facade is the winning design by Italian architects Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas in a competition to design a new office building for Shenzhen.

Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Lobbys, public spaces and gardens will be arranged along this diagonal void, which will also form a 200 metre-high atrium for the building's entrance hall.

Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Called Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower, the glazed building will be 200 metres tall, incorporating 68,000 square metres of office space and retail units up to the first floor.

Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

The project was designed in collaboration with Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research.

Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

See also: Shenzhen International Airport Terminal 3 by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower by Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

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Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas won the “International Schematic Design Competition of Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower”

After the Shenzhen Bao’an International Airport Terminal 3 won by Studio Fuksas in March 2008, on October 18th 2010 Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas won the “International Schematic Design Competition of Shenzhen Guosen Securities Tower”. The jury meeting for the competition, Sir Peter Cook was the chairman of the jury, have discussed deeply on the 8 submissions under the supervision of the representative from Land and Resources Commission of Shenzhen Municipality, by secret ballot, the final result of this jury is as follows:

  • The 1st Prize: Italy MASSIMILIANO AND DORIANA FUKSAS DESIGN SRL + Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research (Consortium)
  • The 2nd Prize: Rocco Design Limited + Guangzhou Han Jing Engineering Co.,+RBS Architecture Engineer Design Associate + Guangdong Mingdu Design Co. Ltd (Consortium)
  • The 3rd Prize: COOP HIMMELB (L) AU +Shenzhen Huasen Architectural & Engineering Design Consultant Ltd. (Consortium)
  • Between teams invited: MVRDV + Shenzhen Zhubo Design Co. Ltd

The project by Studio Fuksas is born from the intention to create a new concept of vertical public space for the tower. A three-dimensional void will be arranged along the facades giving a dynamic image to the building and creating different public scenarios for the offices. The design of the void shape explores the relation between the podium and the vertical section of the tower with diagonals spaces and fluxes that create a vertical tension in the full height of the tower.

Guosen Tower’s distinctive façade atrium, with an energizing and dynamic form, will establish a new symbol for the CBD skyline. With its 200m height space, the tridimensional atrium will be the highest lobby in the Shenzhen. The public spaces, lobbies and Sky-Gardens are interconnected along the tridimensional void of the atrium creating a stream of light, images and activity. The building itself will be symbolically open to the city along the great façade atrium.

Guosen Tower design integrates the values of connectivity and trade fluxes of Shenzhen CBD into an innovative vision for a XXI century tower. Integrated in the complex skyline of the CDB, Guosen tower will respond with a pure external glass volume. All the complexity happens in the internal network of public spaces that are placed strategically in the facades taking advantage of the views and visibility according to the urban context. The upper levels of the building include the office complex of Guosen Securities, with an access highlighted by a triple height sky lobby. The very top levels are dedicated to the executive’s offices, including a sky garden and club room levels that offer a spectacular 360-degree panorama across Shenzhen CBD. Guosen Tower will be the first ecological tall building in Shenzhen with an instantly recognizable image into the city skyline.

Project name: Guosen Securities Building
Site: Shenzhen, China
Client: Guosen Securities CO. LTD
Architects: Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas

Project team manager: Serena Mignatti
Project team : Giuseppe Zaccaria, Enrico Falchetti, Gabriele Chiaretti
Assistants : Cristina Fernandez, Yinnon Lehrer, Yusuke Nishimura, Manuela Petrucci
Physical Model: Nicola Cabiati (art director), Frauke Stenz, Hilmi Kamil Dalkir
Shenzhen coordinators : Fang Tian, Pablo Garcia

Local Architects, Structure: Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research
M&E engineering, Sustainability: AI engineering

Site area: 5,454.78 sqm

Total area:
Above ground 80,000 sqm
Office 68,000 sqm
Shops 12,000 sqm

Tower 200 m
Podium building 15 m

Function Program:
Lobby and entrance hall
Headquarter office zone
Standard office
Supporting area (conference area, dining hall, leisure space for employees)
Commercial shops space_12,000 sqm_including podium and -1 floor
Property service center
Basement (400 car parking. Max 4 underground levels)

800,000,000 RMB

Competition by invitation

See also:


Church in Foligno
by Studio Fuksas
Armani 5th Avenue
by Studio Fuksas
Shenzhen International Airport Terminal 3 by Studio Fuksas

Posted on Monday November 1st 2010 at 11:29 am by . Copyright policy | Comments policy

  • Sorry, but these things look like mere whims formal, all we see explanation beyond the small gardens are three joined together to justify a way that does not make sense … to me the possibility of a good building ill-conceived. I do not like.

  • If this was in London, it would have an appropriate nickname by now. The slash perhaps?

  • Rikard

    10 and 15 meter trees in the atriun spaces look nice in renderings, but do they ever really exist, or are these voids hollow (pun intended)?

  • massimo

    …a complete glass facade in the subtropical weather on Shenzen, haha, another leed platinum for mr Fuksas

  • This is a schematic design only – I like the building but fear the design will be “rationalized” once the costing is done!

  • missed opportunity in terms of presentation by not displaying a render from one of those internal voidal forest outcrops. only interior is that rather sad lobby space…. value engineering is going to kill this thing…

  • Ben

    Who knows the name of the firm who did the renders?

  • logorithm

    A high atrium like the Beijing Mandarin Hotel? Good. A good fire-spreading feature!

  • What Lightning strike! ! Can t believe it ll appear in Shenzhen!

  • james

    almost impossible concept as said somebody here i think the real world today doesn't need this kind of spending of money going on capricious buildings…I like it…but it scare me!

    • Bill

      Such a silly comment. How many "capricious" buildings are actually realized in any given year? 2? 3? 5? 20? If even 100 such bold projects could be realized, which of course we know it's closer to 5 a year, what is that small number in comparison to the tens of thousands of typical, uninspired buildings that are built each year?

      i'm not saying that I like or dislike this project, but this argument that in "these economic times" we cannot build the usual handful of "higher-minded" buildings is just ridiculous. Please find another argument, and something not based on looking at a rendering. Does anyone even read drawings anymore? No. But of course, the critiques are always so insightful based on looking at a rendering! yippee! back to stair details for that new Target store………

  • Sam

    Who did it first…Thom Mayne and the Cooper Union building or these guys? Slash / channel away… Why do renderings always highlight and fill with light those central motifs which when built in actuality will be dark and filled with shadows.

    • haloloop

      because architects fear the dark