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Infinitus Plaza – Guangzhou, China

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Building: Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza
Address: Baiyun New Town
Location: Guangzhou, China
Completion Date: Spring 2020
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Steel Structural Engineer: BuroHappold Engineering
Site Selection, Conceptual Planning, and Construction: LKK Health Products Group
Façade Engineering: BuroHappold Engineering
Sustainability: BuroHappold Engineering

AE Interests167,000 sq. m., two building footprints connected by green-roofed skybridges, unitised insulated glazing system that reduces energy loss while maximizing natural light penetration, perforated aluminum screens protect against and collect rainwater, Line 2 Metro runs between two footprints

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Written by Ryan Tomita

November 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

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Guangzhou Circle – Guangzhou, China

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Building: Guangzhou Circle
Address: S81 Guangzhou Ring Expressway Exit & S 39 Dong Xin Gao Su & S81 Guang Zhou Huan Cheng Gao Su, Li
Location: Guangzhou, China
Architect: Joseph di Pasquale of AM Project
Structural Engineer: SIGGMA
General Contractor: Guangdong Hong He Construction Ltd.
M/E/P/FP Engineering: Architectural Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology

AE Interests: circular shape reflects in the water of the Zhujiang River to form a figure 8 which symbolizes good fortune in Chinese, 48 meter diameter center circle, inspired by jade disks as the bi-jade disk symbolizes a Chinese dynasty from 2000 years ago, furthest office space cantilevers 25 meters outwards, design inspired by numerological tradition of feng shui, unpopular among locals

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Written by Ryan Tomita

November 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

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Parc Central – Guangzhou, China

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Building: Parc Central
Address: China, Guangdong, Guangzhou, Yuexiu, 连新路8号
Location: Guangzhou, China
Architect: Benoy, Ronald Lu and Partners
Interior Design: Benoy
Structural Engineer: ARUP (Hong Kong)
Landscape Consultant: Urbis Limited
Lighting Consultant: Lighting Design Partnership Pty Limited
Façade Design: ARUP (Hong Kong)
Sustainability: ARUP (Hong Kong)

AE Interests110,000 sq. m. multi-level parkland, mostly underground development to preserve ground level, steel monocoque roof structure supported by steel tree-like columns, rainwater collection system, low E glass façades, EFTE roof has high corrosive strength over wide range of temperatures, connects to China’s metro and bus system, represents China’s “Double Fish” symbol for peace, harmony, and fortune

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Written by Ryan Tomita

November 12, 2019 at 1:31 pm

Posted in Built