Zhuhai Hengqin Headquarters Complex (Retail, Office and Apartment) by Aedas
2017 - 2018, Golden A' Architecture, Building and Structure Design Award Winner
Inspiration
In ancient Chinese myths, the totem of two dragons chasing for a pearl symbolizes people looking for better lives. Design of the two towers and the small banquet building in between took reference from this totem. The towers portray a sense of strength and power with a façade that shimmers under the sun; while the banquet building looks like an exquisite pearl. The podium design, on the other hand, echoes the nearby Lotus Bridge. It resembles a blooming lotus flower with ‘lotus leaves’ wrapping
Creativity
Zhuhai Hengqin Headquarters Development Project sits in a prime area on the Hengqin Island in Zhuhai, in close proximity to the Lotus Bridge that links to Cotai, Macau. Overlooking some of the largest casino resorts across the river, the development is set to be an integrated cultural tourism-oriented complex with two high-rise Grade-A office towers and a series of retail, banquet, entertainment and leisure venues.
Design Challenges
The twin tower “dragon heads” is a real challenge to structural engineers. 300 meters high, two tower heads are cantilevered 10 and 15 meters respectively. A 6-level-height sky lobby is located in main tower, serves as an observation deck. In order to ensure the supreme quality of view, Aedas and the engineers to achieve a column-less yet transparent “dragon head”. Team came up with a “hanging” system that has a top structural floor from which all slabs and associated façade cables are hung.
Production Technology
Positioning the project as a Zhu Hai tourism attraction which will be a collection of fashion, cultural experience, tourism, leisure entertainment, specialty food as a one-stop destination. The complex is expected to be Zhu Hai’s first culture-themed shopping park.
       
     
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