‘citic headquarters tower’ by foster + partners in hangzhou, chinaall images courtesy foster + partners

internationally renowned architectural firm foster + partners has begun the construction of their first project in hangzhou, china, the new ‘CTIC headquarters tower’ in the city’s new central business district adjacent to the qian jiang river. distinguished by a graphic structure of steel columns and beams, the 100 meter high skyscraper will provide an iconic presence for the bank.

‘the tower has a prominent location in hangzhou, next to one of the city’s most recognizable landmarks – our challenge has been to create a new building, which harmonises with its surroundings, yet has its own integrity and presence. it is great to see work start on site,’ says david nelson, head of design at foster + partners.

foster + partners: CITIC headquarters tower   hangzhouphysical model

referencing the shape of the ancient ‘dou’ or ‘ding’ vessel – a traditional symbol of wealth, dignity and stability in chinese culture – the overall form features a push and pull of the facade, resulting in a faceted volume that is accentuated by a bronze-coloured diagrid lattice. the floor plates widen as the tower rises, expanding to provide panoramic views of the river and the surrounding public plaza . at the base, a 30-meter high A-frame canopy stretches 72 meters across the ground floor to create a dramatic entrance. inside, the 20-storey tower features a diamond-shaped central atrium which rises through the full height of the tower, facilitation natural ventilation during the mid-seasons.

foster + partners: CITIC headquarters tower   hangzhousection through atrium

on the upper floors, tiered sky-gardens circumscribe the perimeter while a generous winter garden hosts a VIP club and meeting space at the top of the tower. some sustainable aspects of the design include grey water treatment and the use of local materials during the construction of the project.

foster + partners: CITIC headquarters tower   hangzhouview from the qian jiang river

project info:

client: china citic bank hangzhou branch gross area: 43,000 m2 above ground / 20,000 m2 below ground site area: 7,189 m2 typical gross floor area: typical 2,000 m2 building height: 100 m number of storeys: 20 structure: steel columns/beams + composite slab cladding: unitised double glazed unit foster + partners team: norman foster, mouzhan majidi, david nelson, luke fox, michael gentz, loretta law, michael ng, richard hawkins, zheng yu, daniel li, jean zhu, natalia wrzask, meng zia, niu mu, feng liu, torsten radunski, tie fan, david liang, bernardo figueirinhas, zhi wang, shy tay, howard chung, martin cheung collaborating architect: east china architectural design institute structural engineers: east china architectural design institute mechanical engineers: east china architectural design institute facade consultant: zhejiang zhonghan curtain wall