LAVA reveals its design for Zhejiang Gate Towers in Hangzhou

by Cheryl Lau on Aug 24, 2016 in Architecture
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All images courtesy of LAVA

All images courtesy of LAVA

LAVA has designed Zhejiang Gate Towers, the tallest buildings in Hangzhou creating an iconic entrance to the spectacular city

The design of the two towers is inspired by the Chinese characters for 'gate', and they feature a shimmering façade of fins.  LAVA's masterplan consists of five buildings housing offices, residential, and retail. It features fluid building masses, improved positioning of the towers from different viewing directions, logical pedestrian movement and the removal of cars from the complex.LAVA_ZJG_master plan_persp copy

Through extensive view studies, the 280 metre-tall towers have been situated in a favourable position to celebrate the twin structure; a gate from both near and far. LAVA hinged the façade as two groups of long vertical fins wrapped around the towers. The fluid lines were added to define different areas within the tower elevations, working with assorted colours of glass and several depths of vertical fin elements to create refracted light effects animating the façade.

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The design for the Zhejiang Gate Towers features three key elements, and they are:

  •  Towers designed as an entity with special emphasis on facing sides 
  •  Façade materialisation uses varying transparency, reflectiveness and colour 
  •  Unique articulation at the top of the towers – copper colour elements with a gradient towards the top 

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Tobias Wallisser, one of the founders of LAVA, also mentions, "The towers combine fluid, curvaceous shapes with hard edges. The simple outer shape and the special articulation across both towers, the fluid lines, create different appearances from alternative perspectives."

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A third 90 metre-high building and two pavilions are placed around the central public space and are under construction now.  Construction on these buildings starts in 2017, and the estimated completion is due in 2019.

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