Sou Fujimoto Architects Reveal Endangered Design for New Downtown Qianhai Landmark



Sou Fujimoto Architects Reveal Endangered Design for New Downtown Qianhai Landmark

Sou Fujimoto Architects revealed the winning design of the New downtown monument, a monumental floating tower on the bay of the Qianhaiwan district in Shenzhen. The proposed tower is 268m high and consists of 99 individual tower-shaped elements connected to a solid horizontal plane at the top, gradually disappearing as they descend. It is both a tower and a set of towers, symbolizing the future of societies in the age of diversity.

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An invitation competition was held to design an iconic tower in the Qianhaiwan district, an area that has recently seen huge urban and architectural developments. The contest judges chose to refrain from awarding a “First Prize” prize, placing second place with the first rank, which was won by Sou Fujimoto Architects.

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For their design concept, the architectural firm thought of questions such as “What does a new ‘tower’ mean in the 21st century? How can a tower evolve while continuing to attract attention, like the Eiffel Tower does? And that would be turned towards the bay. ”Based on their responses and the current urban fabric of the neighborhood, the company proposed a pendant-shaped structure that resembles a cluster of islands, an aerial city of the future, or even a water fountain suspended in the air.


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The tower is equipped with an observation platform, also serving as a three-dimensional exhibition space, along with a restaurant and cafe. Most of the 99 pendant-shaped elements have limited contact points with the main tower, making them appear to be floating in the air. The tower is mainly constructed with steel, carbon fiber, Kevlar rope and concrete, while the balance of the core is maintained by a system of steel trusses located at the periphery with cables of Kevlar tension.

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Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects
Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects
Courtesy of Sou Fujimoto Architects

Recently, the Japanese architecture firm alongside the Chinese office Donghua Chen Studio designed a large-scale exhibition complex in the heart of Futian district titled The Shenzhen Reform and Opening Exhibition Hall. The project adopts the characteristics of the city as a contemporary entrepreneurial hub, welcoming innovative international companies in a garden-inspired structure wrapped in white perforated facades.



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