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Shimao Riverfront


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Shimao Property Group


  • EID


  • Structural Engineer: LERA
  • Landscape Architect: Pubang Pela
  • Other: SOL /Tianhua Architecture Design Ltd. /Zhejiang Architecture Design Institute

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46 sq. meters

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Project Description

The construction for Shimao Riverfront mixed-use development
is well underway. Designed by EID, this large mixed-use project
is located near the interchange between the airport express
highway and Qiantang River Bridge Crossing. It emerges as a
critical urban node for the city of Hangzhou, best known for its
picturesque West Lake, tea farms and birthplace of E-commerce
giant Alibaba. Consisting of soaring twin towers at height of
280 meter, this project anchors a newly developed riverfront
district. It includes office towers, an apartment building, retail
annex and a park for public use. The design of Shimao Twin
towers is intended to establish an identity for the emerging
district of Riverfront, while creating an iconic gateway into the
city center. The abstracted curvilinear pattern on tower surface
animates the façade, reflecting the dynamics of Qiantang River.
Wrapping around with milky white glass, these twin towers
are further delineated with vertical articulations, creating a
kinetic surface effect. The overall effect of the facade is that of a
pristine form that captures an ever-evolving display of refracted
light, evoking an imagery of surging tide, a hydrogeological
phenomenon frequently occurred in the region. The Shimao
Twin Towers provide 370,000 square meter of new office,
residential and retail space. This development is organized as a
group of 5 buildings, forming an open public space to stimulate
casual gathering, encounter and exchange. Tower A and B are
centerpiece of the development, accommodating office and
residential use. The 3 storey annex provides retail space and
amenity to serve the complex and neighborhood. The horizontal
undulating façade of the annex takes form of the river, providing
a pedestrian friendly and permeable interface. The roof terrace
at upper level further extends out to engage the landscape,
blurring the boundary between the architecture and landscape.
A sculptural connecting piece serves as a canopy to link the
two towers at the base, creating a pedestrian friendly walking
experience. In collaboration with New York based structure
engineering firm LERA, the slender twin towers employ a
composite structure system with outrigger trusses coupled
to mega columns and diagonal-braced frame, optimizing the
structure for maximum efficiency and resulting a slender form.
Designed to achieve LEED Gold certification, the twin towers are
clad in self-shading aluminum fins and high-performance glass,
while reducing both glare and solar heat gain. The construction
for Shimao Riverfront has commenced since October 2015,
completion expected in 2018.
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