Plasma Studio’s newest project in China, a bold angular set of towers, speaks to the firm’s geometric obsession. The project was recently awarded first prize in an invited competition in Datong, Shanxi province. The mix-use complex, measuring of 70,000 m2, will include a hotel in one tower and offices in the other. Running along a highly trafficked street, the towers create a strong presence along the streetscape and are pulled away just enough from the site’s edge to provide places for pedestrians and greenery.
More about the awarded project after the break.
The towers include a central light well and the spaces surrounding the well, sectionally, are shared public spaces. On the lowest level, the common public lobby begins this thread of public spaces which ends in an accessible roofscape. The interior geometry will create overlapping moments that will enhance an activated floor plan.
The towers’ inner cores assist in the low-energy ventilation design which- in alignment to a parametric differentiated facade concept- seeks to minimize energy use and maximize ambiant quality and expression.