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Guang Zou West Tower

Skyscraper Landscape

LocationGuang Zou, China
Year2006
TeamCharles Anderson in collaboration with ASPECT Studios, China.

The landscape design for the West Tower is conceived as an extension of the architecture form itself imagined as a slender triangular prismatic crystalline form framing Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town's main axis, linking the the commercial district in the north to the Pearl River in the south.

Light as the design generator: Guangzhou West Tower will by its scale and form be seen as a beacon of light within greater Guangzhou, an unmistakable landmark and icon. In this way our design plays on the idea of light as the generator of the site's topography whereby the form of the building structure in elevation is refracted across the ground plane to provide a unifying surface, structuring the site and providing an identifyable matrix of materials spanning out from the building to the site boundary and drawing people into its core. To balance this, the plan form of the building is extrapolated into large scale physical forms within the landscape, located at three points that symbolise the primary visible colours of light: Rede, Green and Blue.

Landscape Plan - sketch design

Landscape Plan - sketch design

Plan and Sections: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Plan and Sections: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Sections: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Sections: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Diagrams: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

Diagrams: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

View: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios

View: image courtesy of ASPECT Studios