World's tallest pair of towers unveiled

Sian
Thursday 12 Jun 2014

Interdependent 1km towers blend Western technology with Chinese tradition & culture

UK-based Chetwoods Architects are working with HuaYan Group to prepare four masterplans in China. The team has thus released details of Phoenix Towers, a pair of supertall structures which act as the centrepiece for one of these developments: an environmental masterplan for Wuhan.

At 1km in height, Phoenix Towers would be the tallest pair of towers in the world upon completion, equalling the Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture-designed Kingdom Tower in Jeddah. The duo is due to be located on an island within a lake as part of a 47-hectare site.

A statement from HuaYan Group reads: “We aim to pioneer our new vision via a programme of cultural and creative dialogue and collaboration, embracing a new era and new eclectic style that will make the best of China even better.”

Chetwoods Architects’ concept draws on the symbol of the Chinese Phoenix, an entity that combines both the male (Feng) and female (Huang), alongside the Yin/Yang form to represent perfect balance. The result is a pair of interdependent towers whereby the Feng tower ‘feeds’ the Huang tower with renewable power in a symbiotic process.

Wind turbines, photovoltaic panels, thermal chimneys and rainwater harvesting work in partnership with biomass boilers and hydrogen fuel cells at ground level to generate the power required to support the towers as well as contributing to the wider community.

Chetwoods Architects details: “The scheme will provide an environmental catalyst to re-invigorate the city of Wuhan, actively avoiding the disastrous consequences of developments elsewhere in China. It will form the nucleus of wider green strategy linking Wuhan’s lakes environmentally and socially with the region’s landmark destinations and lake district, along a 20km Green Wall of China to a new lakeside cultural tourist destination.”

Want to submit your project to World Architecture News?

Contact The Team
Jobs
  • Town Planning Manager | Housebuilder in Surrey | 3+ years' PQE

    Are you a Town Planner with some commercial experience under your belt (consultancy or developer)? Would you like to work for a regional housebuild...
    • Lewis Davey
    • Surrey - near M25/M23 junction
  • Principal Planning Consultant (Policy)

    This is a career opportunity for somebody looking to play a key role in the delivery of an effective and efficient planning policy service.
    • Capita
    • Manchester/Salford (North West) or Breckland or North Tyneside or Barnet (North London)
  • Planning Officers

    Work as key members of the Councils development management service providing pre-application advice, dealing with applications and appeals.
    • Chiltern and South Bucks Council
    • Amersham, Buckinghamshire
  • Enforcement Officer - Hertfordshire

    A Local Authority in Hertfordshire are looking for an Enforcement Officer to assist them with a backlog of cases for an initial contract of 3-6 months
    • Oyster Partnership
    • Hertfordshire
  • Planning Officer

    Do you want to work for a Planning Authority in a superb world-class location, that also has an outstanding record of achievement?
    • Plymouth City Council
    • Plymouth, Devon