Linking its two towers will be a multi-storey podium composed of a series of sinuous terraces, each filled with greenery and aquaponic gardens – a system involving growing plants in water. This has been developed by architecture studio Zaha Hadid Architects to form an extension of an adjacent park and offer the city a new public space.
Tower C was the winning entry of an undisclosed competition and will form part of a group of corporate office buildings in the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, which will accommodate approximately 300,000 people when complete. Alongside office buildings, this district will also feature conference centres, exhibition spaces and residential blocks, alongside a transport hub, gardens and a “coastal zone”.
Zaha Hadid Architects will enclose Tower C with a glass curtain wall with a distinctive stepped finish, designed to help the building self-shade. The glazing will also incorporate operable cavities to facilitate natural ventilation. Other construction materials utilised across the scheme are expected to include ones that have been recycled or have a low amount of embodied carbon.
Inside, Tower C will comprise a mix of “column-free, naturally-lit” office spaces, alongside a collection of public entertainment facilities, a hotel, convention centre and art galleries. Visitors will be encouraged to travel to it by bike or public transport, supported with the provision of “extensive” bike storage facilities and direct links to an underground interchange and the Shenzhen Metro network.
The scheme will be complete with a water-collection and recycling system and photovoltaics that will harvest solar energy to make electricity for the whole district. A “smart management system” that will monitor the external and interior conditions of the buildings will also be used to automatically adjust heating in the building and minimise its energy consumption. ALso be sure to check 15 beautiful towers in the world.