three interconnected towers shape zaha hadid architects' taikang financial center in wuhan

three interconnected towers shape zaha hadid architects' taikang financial center in wuhan

ZHA’S Taikang Financial CENTER is under construction


The foundations and below-ground works of the new Taikang Financial Center by Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) and CABR were completed this week in Wuhan, China. Composed of three interconnected towers, the 266,000-square-meter development is commissioned by the Taikang Insurance Group, the largest provider of insurance, asset management, health, and elderly care in China. Once complete, the towers will ‘accommodate teams of leading professionals collaborating with civic, academic and corporate institutions to develop effective systems and networks that will provide a new ecosystem of support for people of all ages across China,‘ writes ZHA. Construction is expected to complete in 2025. 

three interconnected towers shape zaha hadid architects' taikang financial center in wuhan
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a circular composition of three interconnected towers


Informed by Wuhan’s position as a central hub of information and transport networks, ZHA and CABR  completed the Taikang Financial Centre design as a circular composition of three interconnected buildings within the Hankou Riverside Business District’s urban masterplan — integrating the Yangtze River Park and wetlands to the east as well as the city’s new Central Park to the south. These new public parks are integral to Wuhan’s sponge city program that enables the natural storage and infiltration of rainwater to slow its release and aid flood prevention while facilitating its reuse.


With an adjacent station on Line 1 of the city’s metro network, the center’s Tower One (52 floors) faces the city, Tower Two (47 floors) faces the river, and Tower Three (50 floors) offers views of the park. Shops and restaurants at the ground and lobby levels surround the garden courtyard that extends vertically as an urban canyon between the three towers. Further public spaces and amenities are located on sky bridges connecting the towers at higher floors, including the rooftop garden terrace providing panoramic views across the city and Yangtze River valley.


Incorporating offices, apartments, hotel, shopping, and dining amenities with cultural and recreational facilities, the center will house over 20,000 people daily, an integrated vertical community alongside the city’s new Central Park and riverfront wetlands. Moving upwards from the shared central courtyards at ground level to the center’s sky bridge terraces and rooftop gardens surrounding its central canyon, the design creates a kaleidoscope of the city in a series of interwoven public spaces over many levels.

three interconnected towers shape zaha hadid architects' taikang financial center in wuhan
Taikang Financial Center is under construction



from rainwater management to temperature control 


Targeting LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, the circular composition of the Taikang Financial Centre’sCentre’s three towers provides self-shading throughout the day. In addition, external fins with tapered profiles extend from each glazing mullion for additional façade shading while maintaining unobstructed city views.


The center’scenter’s high-performance envelope ensures natural daylight throughout each floor while reducing heating and cooling requirements. MEP systems have also been designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption via smart monitoring and control systems using high-efficiency pumps, fans, boilers, chillers, and waste heat recovery from the exhaust air. Lastly, water consumption is reduced with low flow-rate fixtures and the planting of native, drought-tolerant vegetation while the development’sdevelopment’s rainwater management system sits within the district’sdistrict’s sponge city program.

three interconnected towers shape zaha hadid architects' taikang financial center in wuhan
a circular composition of three interconnected towers

three interconnected towers shape zaha hadid architects' taikang financial center in wuhan
a series of gardens and terraces enliven the complex




project info:


name: Taikang Financial Center 

location: Wuhan, China 

client: Taikang Wuhan 

architecture + interiors: Zaha Hadid Architects (ZHA) | @zahahadidarchitects

architect of record: CABR 

structural engineer: CABR

façade engineer: KT 

MEP engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff 

environmental + fire consultant: ARUP 

vertical transportation consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff 

hotel brand: Marriot Le Méridien



— ZHA architecture team — 


design Principal: Patrik Schumacher 

project director: Satoshi Ohashi 

project associate directors: Yang Jingwen, Stephane Vallotton 

project associates: Martin Pfleger, Di Ding 

project architect: Sebastian Andia 

project lead: Xiaoyu Zhang 

project team: Zheng Xu, Shaofei Zhang, Xuan Zhao, Yuchao Zhang, Pengcheng Gu, Othmane Kandri, Alejandro Garcia Gadea, Armando Solano, Branko Svarcer, Carolina Lopez-Blanco, Catherine McCann, Christian Lindvang Samsoe, Congyue Wang, Dennis Schiaroli, Dimitris K, Erwan Gallou, Frenji Koshy, Houzhe Xu, Jung Yeon Kwak, Lenka Petrakova, Li Jin, Lida Zhang, Meng Zhao, Pelayo Bustillo Macias, Tomasz Starczewski, Xiujing Wang, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Ying Xia, Yuan Feng, Zohra Rougab 

competion project directors: Satoshi Ohashi, Nils Fischer 

competition associates: Ed Gaskin, Jingwen Yang 

competition team lead designer: Sebastian Andia 

competition team: Agata Banaszek, Ashwin Shah, Igor Pantic, Jingwen Yang, Juan Liu, Leo Alves, Mei-Ling Lin,
Sai Prateik Bhasgi, Sergiu-Radu Pop, Silviya Barzakova 



— ZHA interior architecture team — 


design principal: Patrik Schumacher 

project director: Kar-Hwa Ho 

project associates: Bidisha Sinha, Melodie Leung 

project lead: Nailu Chen 

project team: Anna Adebayo, Billy Webb, Boyan Hristov, Enoch Kolo, Haoyang Shi, Jon Krizan, Marco Pavoni, Meysam Ehsanian, Roman Shumsky, Shaofei Zhang, Sonia Renehan 


number of towers:

total height: 270.8 m 

site area: 15,580 sqm

total agross area: 266,700 sqm 

gross above ground building area (3 towers): 213,726 sqm

gross basement area: 44,302 sqm 

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