By suspending the center over a tropical garden, the architects allowed for increased public space as well as ecological remediation of the landscape. One of Southern China’s first LEED Platinum mixed-use projects—with a hotel, offices, and apartments—the complex is as long as the Empire State Building is tall.

Jury: “This project skips along from mound to mound and manipulates the landscape; it builds it up and shapes it into a powerful form above the land with inventive manipulation.”

Client: “The weather is hot in Shenzhen, the summer is very long, so the design provides a way to create shade. People like the relationship between the building and the environment because the building provides a huge open space and at the same time provides a huge amount of shadow to the ground.”  —Zhu Jian Ping, former project coordinator, Vanke