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Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO

Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO
Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO, © RRC STUDIO
© RRC STUDIO

Milan-based RRC Studio's latest undertaking, the Xiang River Tower, will be an office and residential project in Changsha, a city under heavy development in China. Located near the Xiang river in a prime area of the city’s downtown, the tower will dominate the city's horizon and bear a strong presence on the skyline.

Read on for the architects' description...

© RRC STUDIO
© RRC STUDIO

The concept for the Xiang River Tower stemmed from the idea of Chinese boxes contained in a single bigger box - each box, stacked on top of another, containing several programs. Luxury residences occupy the upper half of the tower while a hotel is located below, followed by premium office spaces that occupy the tower's lower portion. 

© RRC STUDIO
© RRC STUDIO

On the top levels, amenity floors joining the three programs include recreation rooms and a spa. Additional amenities are on the landscaped roof of the tower and include a pool, pavilion and a belvedere. 

© RRC STUDIO
© RRC STUDIO

At the base, different types of leisure spaces create an extension of the square and of the public parks that surround the tower. The large entrance hall serves as a point of distribution of the entire tower and creates a meeting place for different types of users. 

© RRC STUDIO
© RRC STUDIO

The Xiang River Tower incorporates sustainable building practices into its design through advanced building systems, a double skin and natural ventilation. Due to its considerable height, it has a natural temperature gradient and a higher wind speed that both reduce the need for artificial cooling. This strategy is reminiscent of a wind tower and is a sustainable way to cut down on the building's energy consumption.

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Cite: Barbara Porada. "Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO" 31 Aug 2013. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/421136/xiang-river-tower-by-rrc-studio/> ISSN 0719-8884
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