WuKuang Office Tower
Architectural Competition / Winning scheme and subsequent design commission
The new 100 meters tall office high-rise is going create an enduring landmark in Xiamen that fits its exposed and exclusive location with unobstructed views to the sea and to the future redevelopment areas around the container harbour. By replacing the existing ‘China Minmetals Building’, it will become the very first reconstruction project in Xiamen.
The shape of the building is a direct result of the maximum volume allowed by solar shading analysis and by the fire-fighting restrictions of the plot.
The tower is made up of 3 different volumes separated by landscaped terraces that provide excellent amenities for users and offer panoramic views.
These volumes are enclosed by a thin glass façade. Vertical steel frames protruding from the glass skin are creating a dynamic pattern and work as sun-shading elements.
Several incisions will open the building to the outside, providing the offices with green gardens, balconies and terraces, which offer a more delicate and welcoming appearance in opposition to the regular skin.
The tower’s podium opens up and becomes permeable as it reaches the ground: A big opening with commercial activities and lush vegetation, accessible to the public, as well as a smaller private entrance for the offices.
The middle volume containing renting offices is the most regular one. It anticipates the changing needs in workplace with large, open spaces that allow flexible use.
The top volume appears to float above the rest; it houses headquarter functions and large open air gardens that cascade over the top levels of the tower with amazing views of Xiamen.
These ‘hanging gardens’ are covered by steel frames that act as a pergola for sun protection, at the same time defining a clear shape of the tower for its urban image.
The building is designed to have minimal impact on the environment. It incorporates sustainable strategies through both passive and active energy-saving measures.