bKL submits Shenzhen plans

Nick Myall
Thursday 18 Aug 2016

bKL Architecture-designed tower set to become the tallest in China

Developer Shenzhen Kingkey Group has submitted a re-planning package to the Luohu District Government of Shenzhen for review and approval.

Anchoring the gateway between the CBD and the surrounding natural context, the tower, rising to 739m, becomes a technical expression of the developing region, while the plaza provides a cultural focal point for the eastern expansion of the city. The height of the tower could see it become China’s next tallest building upon completion.

According to the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) H700 Shenzhen Tower is one of a cluster of towers sprouting in Shenzhen’s Caiwuwei financial and commercial area. The developer proposed the building for the site of the existing Huanyu Building, adjacent to another planned megatall expected to rise to 680m on the existing site of the Jindu Hotel. A flyover across Shennan Road will connect the two buildings. 

The contribution of the bKL Architecture-designed tower to this dense urban landscape will greatly surpass the height of the 632m Shanghai Tower upon completion, and thereby become the country’s tallest building and one of the tallest buildings in the world.

The plaza includes retail, civic, and institutional structures, providing the perfect opportunity to become the cultural epicentre within the new development. 

The tower’s elegant form is composed of three transforming design components: the shape, the structure, and the sky gardens. All three design components ground the tower in a continuous interaction between people and nature. The design is bold, technical, and strong, while at the same time refined, natural, and elegant.

The project is one of many in the developing Luohu district, which forms a primary gateway between Hong Kong and Shenzhen, with plans for over a hundred urban renewal projects totalling more than 20 million sq m of new real estate already in the pipeline.

Nick Myall

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