SOM unveils design for Hangzhou Wangchao Center in China

WCN Editorial Team 9 Apr 2018 ASIA BUILDINGS

Architecture, interior design, engineering, and urban planning firm Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled the design for the new mixed-use tower, Hangzhou Wangchao Center to be built in Hangzhou, China.

The 288m-tall, 54-story tower, which is designed for Zhejiang Chengdao Properties, is scheduled to be completed in 2021.

Planned to be built adjacent to one of the city’s new subway stations, the tower will be accessible from a major roadway.

SOM design partner Gary Haney said: “The Hangzhou Wangchao Center’s distinctive silhouette derives its form from an integrated design process that solves programmatic, structural, and environmental criteria.

“Located at the intersection of several major transportation networks, the tower is a beacon of performance-driven design and is emblematic of Hangzhou’s future as a new global destination.”

The tower will comprise 125,000m2 of office, hotel and retail space. It will have an additional multi-storey crown.

SOM said in a statement: “As the corner columns move further apart, secondary perimeter columns branch out to maintain equal column bays.

“Above the lobby, a Vierendeel transfer truss links the secondary columns to the corner columns, creating an open lobby space below.”

The tower’s efficient structural system enables reduced wind loads, while creating flexible floor plates which would accommodate the office and hotel program requirements, the company said.

It will act as a gateway to the newly planned Qianjang Century Town in Hangzhou city.

Hangzhou Wangchao Center is expected to contribute to the city’s growth to become a new global destination. The city will be hosting the Asian Games in 2022.

The tower would be balancing a striking architectural vision and structural clarity, the firm noted.

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