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Project: Xiangyang Tower in Wuhan

Local Government of Xiangyang
Crossboundaries, Beijing
Wuhan, Hubei Province, P.R. China
Building Area:
± 95,000 sqm
Design period:
December 2012 - January 2013

The Hanshui River links Xiangyang and Wuhan and is translated on site into the flow of people, determining the buildings’ footprint. Just as the three rivers do, the volumes grow merging at a point before reaching up to the sky.

coexisting connectivity and independence

A competition entry, the local government wished a representative landmark in Wuhan, the provinces capital city, to promote Xiangyang, one of the provinces secondary cities. With little relation between the two cities, the challenge was to design a skyscraper that sat comfortably, while standing out, in the skyline of Wuhan's new CBD.

Splitting the footprint preserved the urban scale. Ensuring openness, accessibility and permeability. The volumes containing high end offices, five star hotel, retail functions and Xiangyang's representative offices. The volumes meet and connect, above ground level. Holding semi-public functions; a business center, conference rooms, spa facilities and other supporting functions.

The facade is constructed as a structural diagrid consisting of standardized facade elements. By diagonally extending these elements along successive floor slabs, following the building shape, they emphasize the buildings verticality and accentuate its dynamic effect. Generating uniqueness and offering a notable experience.