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Poly Business Tower, Shunde, China 
Friday 02 Nov 2012
 
Pinwheel-inspired addition to Shunde 
 
Images courtesy of Goettsch Partners 
 
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07/11/12 Tom, Beijing
cant help - have to comment again...
this time I try to see things positive.

Dear user,

the building is green and ecologically beneficial:
well - its glass surface is reflecting the environment
which makes it a focal point under a certain angle.

its taking the 'genius loci' into account:
huuuu - I try not to laugh nor to cry - the used ad nauseam pinwheel pattern on the windows.
seems you have to step as close to the window like the guy in the rendering - then you might discover the local touch - but - be happy - you have an operable window wing and we created internal walls where you can put up calligraphy - isnt that much more than you could have expected?

the lobby is blurring with the landscape:
yeah - we reinvented the use of glass.

the segregation of vehicular and pedestrian:
in case you come by car - as recommended - from the drop-off zone to your desk you can walk safely because cars are prohibited to enter the lobby - they have a separate entrance to the garage.

hopefully the glue isnt sucking into the stone pavement and creating these omnipresent strangely dirty looking borders.

All in all its an outstanding building.
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Goettsch Partners design new office block tower to dominate the skyline of Shunde 

A new 200m-tall building will soon join the skyline in Shunde, China. Goettsch Partners (GP) has designed the new Poly Business Tower which will be the tallest building in the region and a new centrepiece for the business district.

The tower has created a series of new office spaces which are within a close proximity to various cultural and government facilities in the city. The developers believe that its location makes the structure a critical venue and focal point.

"The Poly Shunde Business Tower further reinforces GP's global reach and commitment to China and other emerging markets in Asia," explains James Zheng, AIA, LEED AP, a partner in the firm who leads its China office. "Our goal is to design modern and environmentally responsible buildings that clearly reflect their function and context."

GP's concept was to create an efficient, modern tower that integrates features of the local culture into the architectural expression of the building. In particular they were inspired by the 'pinwheel' patterns commonly found in the regional screens and paving. As a result the tower's planning and façade articulation are designed to showcase this traditional vernacular.

Pinwheel-patterned perforated screens extend the full height of the tower in order to provide shading and conceal fresh-air ventilation systems which extend throughout all the offices. These screens create an energy-efficient skin which also provides floor-to-ceiling windows for all office users.

On top of the structure is a multi-storey winter garden which offers unobstructed panoramic views of the surroundings, and will be lit to highlight the tower in the evenings. At the base, the tower is seated at the head of a ceremonial garden. The four-sided lobby is designed to engage the landscape, blurring the distinction between interior and exterior space whilst also segregating vehicular and pedestrian circulation around the perimeter of the building.

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