Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed Evergrande International Financial Center in Hefei, China
The 518-metre-tall building will be the first skyscraper in Hefei and will be the tallest landmark in Anhui province. Atkins was commissioned by Evergrande Group to provide planning concepts for two plots in the Binhu area of Hefei, and architectural conceptual design for the building.
KY Cheung, Atkins' project design director, said: "Our design concept was inspired by bamboo, which according to Chinese culture, represents prosperity and elegance. The development will help increase the land value of Binhu district, enhance the image of the city of Hefei and facilitate the city's development."
To the right of the main tower are four shorter towers that resemble a bamboo grove, adding unique characteristics to the city's emerging skyline. Totalling 660,000 sq-m, the high-rise commercial and residential complex will comprise a five-star hotel, luxury serviced apartments, grade-A offices and a large integrated shopping mall providing high-end entertainment and lifestyle experiences for visitors and residents.
The Evergrande International Financial Center in Hefei is the third Atkins-designed supertall building in Asia Pacific currently under construction. The other two projects are the 568-metre tall Pearl of the North in Shenyang and the 460-metre tall Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.