Futuristic towering Twin Towers

by Ofentse Sefolo
Futuristic towering Twin Towers

Twin Towers is floating 400m high above the Greater Bay areas of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macu. This is the new Tower C, at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, where, upon completion, the integrating clusters of corporate headquarters within a global technology hub will accommodate 300 000 employees each day.

Tower C is the latest award-winning project by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA), known for their ultra-futuristic design and architectural innovation.

Informed by 3D modelling tools, developed by ZHA, that optimise efficiencies in architectural massing, orientation and facade-to-floor ratios, Tower C’s design is a multi-dimensional vertical city of two towers at nearly 400m. It is providing column-free naturally lit office space, shopping, entertainment and dining amenities, together with a hotel, convention centre and cultural facilities with exhibition galleries.

Creating a “superscape”

The design of Tower C integrates the city and nature within its central green axis with the transit-orientated development (TOD) of Shenzhen’s new spine, creating a “superscape” that will become a tower of the future within the Super Headquarters Base.

Tower C responds to its location at the intersection of the city’s planned north-south green axis and Shenzhen’s east-west urban corridor. Connecting directly with its adjacent park and plazas, which transform into a terraced landscape extending upwards within its two towers, the design invites the public into the heart of the building. There cultural and leisure attractions are housed in sweeping bridges that tie the towers together and give panoramic views of the city.

Greenery and public spaces

Served by the expanding Shenzhen Metro network, Tower C’s stepped podium integrates with the park to create a new public space for this dynamic city that has grown to become a global centre of technology innovation. Uniting the park’s landscapes with the civic plazas of the tower’s lower levels provides direct pedestrian access and daylight to the public transport interchange below the ground. Prioritising pedestrians, the tower’s design also includes extensive bicycle parking and charging facilities.

Resource efficient design

Connected with the district’s smart management systems that continually monitor external and interior conditions, indoor environmental controls will adjust in real time to reduce energy consumption, with high-efficiency equipment and chiller plant optimisation within the district’s central networks. The design will also incorporate water collection and recycling as well as photovoltaics to harvest solar energy for the district.

The double-insulated, unitised glass curtain wall of Tower C’s design steps the glazing as vertical channels for self-shading. It also incorporates ventilating registers within the channels that draw outside air through operable cavities, providing natural and hybrid ventilation with highly sophisticated environmental control for each floor.

Project team
Design: Zaha Hadid Architects
Principal: Patrik Schumacher
ZHA competition project directors: Satoshi Ohashi, Paulo Flores
ZHA competition project associates: Jingwen Yang, Karoly Markos, Michail Desyllas
ZHA competition project leader: Xuexin Duan
ZHA competition team: Xiaoyu Zhang, Lida Zhang, Bogdan Zaha, Gaoqi Lou, Huiyuan Li, Jiaxing Lu, Leyuan Jiang, Mariana Custodio dos Santos, Martin Gsandtner, Nastasja Mitrovic, Rui Zhao, Sebastian Andia, Xiangfan Chen, Yuan Feng, Zhiming Wang, Boyan Hristov, John Kanakas, Enoch Kolo, Karina Linsen

We extend our thanks and appreciation to Zaha Hadid Architects for the use of the information contained in this article.

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