LAVA's masterplan for hangzhou includes twin zhejiang gate towers
 
LAVA's masterplan for hangzhou includes twin zhejiang gate towers LAVA's masterplan for hangzhou includes twin zhejiang gate towers
jun 16, 2016

LAVA's masterplan for hangzhou includes twin zhejiang gate towers

LAVA’s masterplan for hangzhou includes twin zhejiang gate towers

 

 

 

in 2014, LAVA was commissioned by shimao property group to masterplan a mixed-use development in hangzhou, consisting of five buildings that contain offices, residences, and retail outlets. the centerpiece of this masterplan is the zhejiang gate towers, two 280 meter structures whose design is based on the chinese characters for ‘gate’. featuring a shimmering façade, the development will serve as a landmark entrance to the city.

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
the two 280 meter-tall towers form the focal point of the masterplan

 

 

 

LAVA articulated the façade as two groups of long vertical fins that wrap around the structure. fluid lines create specified zones within the elevations, while different colors of glass and varying depths generate refracted light effects, in turn animating the façade. the buildings also include copper-colored elements with a gradient towards the top of both towers. designed to meet LEED gold certification standards, the self-shading aluminum fins and high-performance glass both reduce glare and solar heat gain. together with the structural engineers, the towers use eight ‘super-columns’, which reduce the structural system by about 30% in comparison with traditional schemes.

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
the development consists of five buildings that contain offices, residences, and retail outlets

 

 

 

the high-rise towers are an interpretation of the chinese characters meaning ‘gate’ or entrance to a city,’ explains tobias wallisser, director of LAVA. ‘the development is located at a major interchange into the city so we wanted to create an iconic gateway to hangzhou. utilizing our extensive view studies we positioned the tower ensemble so it is recognizable as a twin structure, a gate, from both near and far. the towers combine fluid, curvaceous shapes with hard edges. the simple outer shape and the special articulation across both towers, the fluid lines, create different appearances from alternative perspectives.’

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
long vertical fins wrap around the structure

 

 

 

a 90 meter-tall building and two pavilions are placed around a centrally positioned public square. the volume of the third tower has been designed for office or residential use. a large roof garden is oriented in the direction of a future development to the south of the towers, while a canopy connects the two towers at their base. a fluid landscape connects all five buildings, allowing fluid pedestrian movement. at ground level, all structures offer retail space, with the roofs of the pavilions articulated as a continuation of the landscaped areas. construction of the pavilions started last year, while work on the twin towers — the tallest structures in hangzhou — will commence in 2017.

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
the development will serve as a landmark entrance to hangzhou

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
the buildings include copper-colored elements with a gradient towards the top

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
construction of the pavilions started in 2015

lava-zhejiang-gate-towers-hangzhou-china-designboom-02
work on the twin towers — the tallest structures in hangzhou — will commence in 2017

 

drawings

 

project info:

 

project: zhejiang gate towers
client: shimao property group
location: hangzhou, zhejiang province, china
status: construction started in 2015, the towers will commence in 2017, completion due 2019
size: two towers 280 m high, each 125,000 sqm; total area: 370,000 sqm

 

LAVA: tobias wallisser, chris bosse, alexander rieck
project team: christian tschersich (PL), tommy joo, elvira perfetto, jan kozerski, jing xi zhang, nicola schunter, güleyalagöz, mikolay scibisz, yu chun tsai, melanie quessel

 

partners:
architectural design: SOL
executive architect: ZIAD (zhejiang architecture design institute)
structure: LERA
landscape: pubangpela
façade consultant: schmidlin façade consultancy
image credits: LAVA

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

Save

    have something to add? share your thoughts in our comments section below.
    all comments are reviewed for the purposes of moderation before publishing.

    comments policy
    LOG IN
    designboom's comment policy guidelines
    generally speaking, if we publish something, it's because we're genuinely interested in the subject. we hope you'll share this interest and if you know even more about it, please share! our goal in the discussion threads is to have good conversation and we prefer constructive opinions. we and our readers have fun with entertaining ones. designboom welcomes alerts about typos, incorrect names, and the like.
    the correction is at the discretion of the post editor and may not happen immediately.

    what if you disagree with what we or another commenter has to say?
    let's hear it! but please understand that offensive, inappropriate, or just plain annoying comments may be deleted or shortened.

    - please do not make racist, sexist, anti-semitic, homophobic or otherwise offensive comments.
    - please don't personally insult the writers or your fellow commenters.
    - please avoid using offensive words, replacing a few letters with asterisks is not a valid workaround.
    - please don't include your website or e-mail address in your comments for the purpose of self-promotion.
    - please respect jury verdicts and do not discuss offensively on the competition results
    (there is only one fist prize, and designboom usually asks renown professionals to help us to promote talent.
    in addition to the awarded designs, we do feel that almost all deserve our attention, that is why we publish
    the best 100-200 entries too.)

    a link is allowed in comments as long as they add value in the form of information, images, humor, etc. (links to the front page of your personal blog or website are not okay). unwelcome links (to commercial products or services of others, offensive material etc. ) will be redacted. and, ... yes, spam gets banned. no, we do not post fake comments.

    PRODUCT LIBRARY

    a diverse digital database that acts as a valuable guide in gaining insight and information about a product directly from the manufacturer, and serves as a rich reference point in developing a project or scheme.

    architecture news

    ×
    keep up with our daily and weekly stories
    489,360 subscribers
    - see sample
    - see sample