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Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

Our friend and architecture photographer, Iwan Baan , just published on his website some of his recently shot images of Steven Holl’s Horizontal Skyscraper in Shenzhen, China .  The project is a long mixed-use complex which includes office spaces, apartments, a hotel and even a public landscape.  Baan’s photos illustrate Holl’s idea that the “building appears as if it were once floating on a higher sea that has now subsided; leaving the structure propped up high on eight legs.” Complete photoset at Iwan’s website, more images and more about the project after the break.

Below the elevated building, the combination of green and water elements results in a “tropical landscape” with small restaurants and cafes scattered throughout the park.  The underside of the floating structure becomes its main elevation from which sunken glass cubes, the so-called Shenzhen windows, offer 360-degree views over the lush tropical landscape below.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

As a tropical, sustainable 21st century vision the building and the landscape integrate several new sustainable aspects. The Vanke Headquarter wing of the floating horizontal skyscraper is aimed at LEED Platinum and the “hovering architecture” eates a porous micro-climate of freed landscape.

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan

All images property of Iwan Baan. HORIZONTAL SKYSCRAPER – VANKE CENTER Shenzhen, China, 2006-2009 PROGRAM: mixed-use building including hotel, offices, serviced apartments, and public park CLIENT: Shenzhen Vanke Real Estate Co. SIZE: 1,296,459 sf STATUS: completed

© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
© Iwan Baan
Cite:Karen Cilento. "Horizontal Skyscraper / Steven Holl" 25 Jun 2010. ArchDaily. Accesed . <http://www.archdaily.com/66199/horizontal-skyscraper-steven-holl/>