10 Design Reveals Harbourfront Skyscraper Design Submission in South China
This competition for a 268m super-tall tower aims to create a visual landmark in the heart of a coastal tourist town in the Greater China Bay area.
The 11,450 m² waterfront site is part of a leisure and entertainment complex that includes cultural and entertainment, exhibition, residential, commercial and educational facilities. It is a project anchored in the designated cultural and tourist area of the city center and enjoys close proximity to the main transport hubs of the city. Sitting at the convergence of several waterways, it will be embraced by other key developments across the waters and become a focal point of the city.
The submission includes the design of an office tower, hotel and super high rise serviced apartment sitting atop a 4 story podium. Inspired by the local dragon dance ritual to pray for rain and the blessings of the earth, the spiral shape of the tower resembles a dragon rising from the sea, rising to the sky.
Nick Cordingley, Design Partner of 10 Design comments:
“The design of the high-rise tower is a natural response to both the surrounding environment and the local culture. The dragon motif is drawn not only for its connotation of auspiciousness and agility, but also for the maritime culture specific to this place and local communities.
The building is oriented to maximize sea views while exerting minimal impact on the residences to the rear. Four net corners are introduced to optimize sightlines; a subtle reduction of floor space in the middle zone gives the building an elegant identity; while staggered aluminum claddings introduce sinuous contour lines to the facade to conclude the design.
Softened edges are adopted throughout the development, resonating with the adjacent cultural center while serving as a celebration of the waterscape beyond. An elevated walkway winds from Level 2 to connect adjacent sites, providing all-weather linking potential for future phases of development.
The highest point of this district, the tower offers a view of the city and itself becomes an essential element of the urban space. It is designed as a place of urban life for the inhabitants, favoring the synergy of the whole cultural and tourist area and bringing vitality to the whole city.
Visualization by Frontop
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