RSHP Wins Design Contract for Commercial Tower in Shenzhen
Rogers Stirk Harbour + Partners with AUBE Conception have won the design competition for the Qianhai Financial Holdings Headquarter Tower, a mixed-use commercial high-rise in the centre of the Qianhai district, Shenzhen in China. ith a building height of 220m and clad in a metallic bronze finish, the design is punctuated by triple-height sky lobbies, a central atrium and skyline pagoda, all supported within four mega columns. Its features will introduce a striking new landmark tower to the skyline of Qianhai Bay, while on the ground, a sense of shared community will thrive within and around a powerful, classically proportioned tower and public realm.
Qianhai Financial Holdings and Century Securities will occupy the top 12 storeys as their headquarters. The remaining floors will contain commercial office space - with a typical floor area of around 2,000sqm - and 4 entrance podium floors of green wing-tiered balconies that embrace the local linear parkway.
At street level, the four mega columns allow for a 3-storey ancillary pavilion to be held aloft, creating a striking undercroft that makes way for a free-flowing public ground plane with a new park, underground retail, and connections to the metro.
Punctuating and contrasting with the tower’s order and rectilinearity, are three triple-height sky lobbies, “vertical villages”, framing views towards the mountains, bay and river. Each lobby takes a fluid, sculptural form, and is symbolically finished with a metal associated with finance that responds to the view captured with a hue of copper (river), silver (bay), or gold (mountains).
The rooftop pagoda will feature a reflective glass structure with a quadrant of giant vanes that will refract the sunlight and project gentle beams of light 6 floors down through a central atrium. At night, the same vanes will reflect the light emerging from the interior lightwell creating a landmark rooftop lantern.
RSHP will aim to achieve LEED International Platinum rating and the construction process will largely use off-site manufacturing and modularisation, to drive up quality and drive down waste.