Named Shenzhen-Hong Kong Innovation Integrated Service Centre, the building in the Futian Free Trade Zone, south of the Shenzhen Central Business District will be 212 metres tall.
The 45-storey skyscraper has two glazed office wings arranged on either side of a central concrete tower containing circulation.
"Mega trusses" located on every 12th level of the building will support the office wings to allow uninterrupted views from the fully-glazed walls.
A health centre and offices for state-owned companies are planned for the lower levels of the tower, while mid to higher levels will contain commercial office space with green terraces.
The south side of the tower will be connected to a six-level podium, which will be used as a retail and cultural centre. The double-height glass structure will be supported by slim columns.
The tower's entrance will be located within the podium at street level. There will also be sports facilities, a library, retail, and a double-height arts exhibition space in the podium, which will be topped with a green roof.
A sunken retail plaza below the building will be connected to the existing Futian Bonded Zone metro station.
"The composition of the tower is elegantly poised above the interlocking podium, commanding a key position adjacent to both metro and bus station connections," said RSHP partner Richard Paul.
"Open and welcoming, the building celebrates its connectivity with the broader public realm and the park to the east, where the landscape and public access flow seamlessly over the roof of the podium."
According to RSHP, the tower will be completely naturally ventilated, with 10 per cent of the glass facade being openable windows.
RSHP expect the building to achieve China's three-star sustainability certification, equivalent to LEED Gold.
Also in Shenzen RSHP is designing an airport terminal with an undulating, sweeping roof that emulates the pattern of airflow. Elsewhere, it has recently unveiled its design for a mixed-used development in Seoul featuring red-painted steel columns, trusses and cables.
The visuals are by RSHP unless stated.
RSHP project partner: Richard Paul
RSHP project lead: Marco Tessaro
Local design institute: CCDI Group
Contractor: China Railway Construction
Structural engineer: CCDI Group
MEP: CCDI Group
Facade consultant: EFC
Landscape consultant: CCDI Group
Lighting consultant: PUDI
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