Xiang River Tower / 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...

Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO - Facade, Windows, Handrail

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. 

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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. 

Xiang River Tower / RRC STUDIO - Facade

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. 

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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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