AM project rounds out double disk guangzhou circle mansion AM project rounds out double disk guangzhou circle mansion
dec 11, 2013

AM project rounds out double disk guangzhou circle mansion

AM project rounds out double disk guangzhou circle mansion
all images courtesy of AM project




in 2009 italian architect joseph di pasquale of milan-based AM project won an international architectural competition to realize the ‘guangzhou circle mansion’ in guangzhou, china. now the building is coming to completion it is set to be celebrated on december 16th 2013, where the event will mark the opening of the headquarters for guang dong hongda xingye group and the gdpe guangdong plastic exchange, the world largest stock exchange for raw plastic material. the landmark is defined by its strong reference to the iconic double jade disk, a royal symbol of the ancient chinese dynasty that reigned in the area around 2000 years ago. reflecting onto the water below, the structure completes a mirror image, enhancing this symbolic image. stepping away from a typical vertical skyscraper form, the circular building reaches a total height of 138m and features a giant inner hole, spanning almost 50 meters.

street view



the 85,000 square meter volume also corresponds to the number ‘8’, an infinity symbol, which has a strong propitiatory value in chinese culture. a total of 33 floors are grouped to create two rows of blocks that appear along the sides, progressively pushed outwards, reaching an extreme 25m cantilever. the main interior space contains the ‘exchange hall’, located just below the central hole it acts as the heart of the complex.

render river view

render side view

render of the central void

jade disk

scale model



project info:


name: guangzhou circle
client: guang dong hong da xing ye group, mr zhou yi feng (CEO) mr lu xiao qing (inernational relations)
city: guangzhou 2008 (competition project) 2010-2013 (building)
numbers: height 138 m, hole width 48 m
sqm: 85.000
designer: joseph di pasquale architect, (AM project, milan)
design team: alessandro tonassi nazareno cerquaglia ma jun (john) zhang hong ge (mary) ma chong (mikeal) wang ying (vicky) yi ji xuan (evys) peng hui fang (migrate) cui hong (tracy)
preliminary structural concept: SIGGMA engineering milan, giuseppe muciaccia, giovanni muciaccia. politecnico di milano, (wind gallery preliminary tests)
local architects and engineering: SCUT, south china university of technology, guangzhou prof sun yi min architect tao liang , architect song gang, structures: prof. wei hong , prof. fang xiao dan
building site engineer: wang zhan shan (chief enginner of the owner) chen jing qian (vice- chief enginner of the owner)
building company: guang dong hong he constrction ltd
steel structure company: zhe jiang jing gong steel structure ltd
façade company: shen zhen rui hua constrction ltd
interior company: shen zhen jian hong da constrction ltd



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