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Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers

Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers
Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers, China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

Foster + Partners has released details of their proposed China Merchants Bank HQ in Shenzhen. The soaring 350-meter tower, intended to house the bank’s 13,000-strong workforce, will be complemented by a sister tower 180 meters in height, containing a luxury hotel and mixed-use office, cultural, and retail spaces.

The taller office tower is comprised of large-span column-free floorplates supported by offset cores at either side. A glazed façade has been shaped to avoid downdrafts, thus making the surrounding open spaces on the ground floor more comfortable for the public. 

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners + 5

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

As part of the complex, a green plaza has been designed linking the towers to the Shenzhen Bay waterfront, lined with shops and restaurants, while the north side of the building links to the metro. At the podium level, a gallery area for art will sit alongside sport and fitness facilities for employees.

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

The tower’s peak is arranged around a quadruple-height atrium, offering gallery and event space alongside meeting and dining areas, with sweeping views across Shenzhen Bay. Meanwhile, the building’s cores have been located towards the east and west to reduce solar gain, while rainwater harvesting systems will be installed to meet 70`% of the building’s water needs.

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

We are delighted to have been chosen by China Merchants Bank to design and engineer their new headquarters in Shenzhen Bay. The tower’s design represents a significant step in the evolution of the workplace, which we have evolved in close partnership with the client to create a highly flexible floorplate that can be adjusted to their fast-changing needs and provide an excellent working environment for their staff. The building will be a symbol of the bank’s premier status in the industry, embodying its strong legacy while looking firmly towards the future.
-Grant Brooker, Head of Studio, Foster + Partners

China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners
China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

News of the scheme follows on from the unveiling of several other major works by Foster + Partners, notably a tulip-shaped tower for central London, and a “glittering” flagship stadium for the 2022 World Cup in Qatar.

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Cite: Niall Patrick Walsh. "Foster + Partners Unveil Plans for Soaring Shenzhen Towers" 03 Jan 2019. ArchDaily. Accessed . <https://www.archdaily.com/908893/foster-plus-partners-unveil-plans-for-soaring-shenzhen-towers/> ISSN 0719-8884
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China Merchants Taiza Bay, Shenzhen. Image Courtesy of Foster + Partners

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