The design concept was to generate vertical connectivity while creating a dramatic skyrise experience. Main design features:
Inside/Out tower prototype
280 meters tall atrium void
30-40 stories tall façade apertures that optimize natural air, light and create spectacular views.
Chongqing, China is located in an exceptional and idiosyncratic urban setting unparalleled in other major cities in China. It is one of China’s most rapidly developing cities, expanding along the Yangtze River and surrounded by the Dava Mountains in the north, Wu Mountains to the east, the Wuling Mountains in the southeast, and the Dalou Mountain range to the south.
Creative inspiration was drawn from the city fabric, the landscape, the views, the unique environment, and the site. The concept design drew its inspiration from those elements and results in a distinctive formal response. Large voids or what we call “view and light apertures” are strategically positioned in the building façade to take full advantage of natural light and views while producing a building design which is completely exclusive to the site.
The “L” shaped building core is skinned with an abstracted foil inspired by the topographical conditions of the surrounding mountains and the indigenous housing. This creates a unique experience for visitors, office workers, and hotel guests as they make their way along the exterior walkways and gives meaning to the foil.
The building plan takes a radical approach. Rather than piercing the core through the middle of the building, vertical circulation was placed at the perimeter and opened up to the sky with a 280-meter tall atrium.
Schematic Design Phase
Professional work at Michael Folonis Architects
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