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.
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.
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.
The project was designed in collaboration with Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research.
The information below is from Massimiliano and Doriana Fuksas:
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
Above ground 80,000 sqm
Office 68,000 sqm
Shops 12,000 sqm
Tower 200 m
Podium building 15 m
Lobby and entrance hall
Headquarter office zone
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)
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