The jury for the â€œShenzhen 4 Tower in 1â€ Competition, chaired by Mr. Arata Isozaki, selected Coop Himmelb(l)au‘s design for Tower C, the new â€œHeadquarter of China Insurance Groupâ€ as the winning scheme. Other participants include Morphosis, Steven Holl Architects, Hans Hollein, MVRDV, and FCJZ Atelier.
The new â€œHeadquarter of China Insurance Groupâ€ will be part of a lively business quarter in the heart of the Central District of Shenzhen made up of a carefully composed ensemble of unique, individual towers creating a landmark silhouette.
The project is a high-rise structure with a height of approximately 200 m with 49 stories. The footprint area has the size of 40 by 40 m. The required program is distributed vertically. A clear separation of public and private functions is given. All public functions are organized in the base building while the office program is situated in the tower. Semi public program like meeting rooms, conference center, recreation areas and gardens are concentrated in the middle of the building. This zone is designed to create a pattern of meeting facilities, gardens and recreation areas for all employees and become spaces for an exchange of knowledge and creativity and a synergy of form and function.
The â€œHeadquarter of China Insurance Groupâ€ is not only recognizable by its significant form but also by its faÃ§ade. The design of the faÃ§ade is driven by generation of energy. The second skin of the faÃ§ade is shaped by climate conditions and inner functions. This skin includes photovoltaic cells to generate electricity and also cells to reduce excessive wind pressure, shade the sun and create multi media displays. Strategies employing the form of the building to assist natural ventilation together with the use of renewable energy sources (wind and solar power) assure an energy efficient design and reduce energy consumption and reliance on fossil fuel energy sources.
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