The China Resources Headquarters, a 400-meter-tall commercial office tower, stitches together retail, residential, and office functions surrounded by 2,000 square meters of public space. The tower anchors the burgeoning Houhai District with a design distinguished by its innovative structure and geometric precision, relaying a cultural message about the company’s history and growth.
Inspired by the spring bamboo shoot, the tower features a light, stable and fast-to-erect tube and diagrid system that is expressed in its tapered, sculptural form. Rendered in pre-fabricated column and steel units, the system affords column-free interiors, in turn allowing greater expression of the tower’s radial symmetry and more boutique floorplates as it rises. The 56 vertical columns converge into 28 columns at the lower and upper sections of the tower, forming a series of entry portals at the tower’s base and merging to a singular point at its peak. At these junctures, faceted, triangular glass panels illuminate at night with a jewel-like brilliance across Shenzhen’s waterfront business district.
“It was an honor to work on this headquarters tower with China Resources, one of the nation’s oldest and most important companies. The conical tower design shows a geometric boldness that reflects China Resources’ pride in their past and confidence in the future. By marking the skyline, it will be one of the most recognizable buildings of Shenzhen, China’s leading technology city”.
In particular, the tower’s “sky hall” is as a conical, cathedral-like space offering visitors stunning views of the diagrid spire – it is one the few high-rises in the world in which people can occupy its absolute highest point. In this vein, China Resources Headquarters also crowns the larger, KPF-planned development that stitches retail, residential, and office amenities with 2,000 square meters of public space and the city’s greenbelt and waterfront. Together, the tower and complex invigorates Shenzhen’s urban fabric while providing one of the country’s premier companies with a visual icon for its historic growth and stature.
LOCATION: Shenzhen, China
CLIENT: China Resources
TEAM: CCDI (LDI)
TYPE: Headquarters, Master Plan, Supertall
SIZE: 210,000 m2 / 2,260,500 ft2
HEIGHT: 400 m / 1,312 ft
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