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Harbin Twin Towers Proposal / spatial practice

Harbin Twin Towers Proposal / spatial practice
Harbin Twin Towers Proposal / spatial practice, Courtesy of spatial practice
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Designed by spatial practice, their proposal for the Harbin High Speed Railway (HSR) west train station Twin Towers. is an iconic project set to include office spaces, residential apartments, retail spaces and a hyper link to a new underground infra-structural hub. With China having the world’s longest High Speed Rail (HSR) network that connects the entire country from north to south and from east to west, the new West Train Station in Harbin will become the northern China gateway connecting to China’s major cities with daily high-speed links to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. More images and architects' description after the break.

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Harbin West Station is a transportation hub linked with the high-speed train station, Subway and Bus Station.The Kaishengyuan Towers take full advantage of sitting on a transportation hub not only connected to main cities in China but hyper-connected to Harbin City main infrastructure. Distances are shortening, fostering faster business transactions and promoting communication.

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Sharing the same DNA - but positioned differently - the Twin Towers form a new icon for the Haxi Business Development Zone.  The Towers creates a balanced relationship between empty and full, mass and void, private and public.  Each tower creates a program specific dialogue with the site, with the north SoHo and Service Apartment tower atrium opening toward the Plaza, and the south Office Tower atrium oriented toward the Business District.

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Working & Living

In response to Harbin’s extreme climate conditions, interior multi-functional green terraces are injected into the upper atrium spaces promoting a high quality and healthy working environment for the office tower, and creating comfortable and climate controlled recreational terraces for the luxury residences.

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The towers perform as the Digital Gate framing the city and station. The integrated media facades frame and activate the adjacent plaza promoting communication and social interaction between travellers, commuters and residents. The suspended microclimate atriums create a new typology of indoor spaces that promotes human interactions.

  • Architects

  • Location

    Harbin, Haxi District, China
  • Partners in Charge

    Erik Amir, Dora Chi
  • Project Architect

    Max Gerthel
  • Team

    Calvin W. Liu, Cathal Peter Quinn, James Beadnall, Sarah GeXiaorui, Victor QuirosQuiros, Emily Wu
  • Local Architect

    Harbin Institute of Technology
  • Structural Engineers

    BuroHappold, Matthew Smith, Henry Li
  • Visualization

    ADRI, German Glessner Group
  • Physical Model

    Gereide Models Beijing
  • Client

    Kaishengyuan Group
  • Program

    Office, Residential, Retail, Parking and Landscape
  • Status

    Design proposal
  • Project Year

Cite: Alison Furuto. "Harbin Twin Towers Proposal / spatial practice" 02 Sep 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <>
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Sharon · September 04, 2013

If anybody have any question about spatial practice, please feel free to contact me, my email is

Béatrice Hajjar · September 03, 2013

I guess THIS is the scale of China! Good work! Don't you think the 2 towers could be closer to actualy have the negative shape more vertical. I guess it would have been more complicated to do engeneering speacking...

Marc · September 02, 2013

isn´t it too... BIG?


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