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PuBang Design: The CBD (Central Business District) not only gathers the most distinctive skyscrapers in a city, but is also the economic development hub of the city and even the country. As Manhattan, New York and the Financial City of London, the “world-class CBD”, have strong economic power and absolute attraction for talent people. As a rising star, Guangzhou Zhujiang New Town in Guangzhou is also moving into the ranks of global financial centers. In the process of its advancement, Guangzhou East Tower has a place that cannot be ignored.
Guangzhou East Tower (CTF Chow Tai Fook Financial Center)is the tallest building in Guangzhou, with a height of 530 meters, Guangzhou East Tower overlooks the city proudly. In addition, it integrates super-star hotels, high-end office buildings, international apartments and K11 art shopping malls, to build the city landmark of the Zhujiang New Town with world-class standards, and become the city card of Guangzhou’s urban image and economic and technological strength.
With its own halo, along with its unique artistic temperament and high-end positioning, people are attracted by the eye-catching design instead of the value of the landscape. This is a problem that every super high-rise building is unavoidable in its landscape design.
Extended skyline, Use landscape to enlarge space utility and increase space utilization
With the shortage of land resources in the core area of the city and the increase in urban pressure, the buildings in the city center are extending upwards and breaking through the horizon. However, in addition to the vertical extension of the space, horizontal development is also one of the effective ways to alleviate the urban pressure, which is to use the landscape to enlarge the space utility and improve the utilization rate of the space.
However, compared with large-scale residential areas and green parks, landmark buildings located in the city center do not have much space for the landscape due to site restrictions. Yet they carry multiple functions such as leisure, beautification, viewing, and guiding people flow.
It triggers discussions about how to design the landscape in such a longitudinally extending urban space so that it can be integrated and symbiotic with the architecture and maximize its effectiveness.
Convergence needs, Extending the high-end experience and artistic aesthetics of Guangzhou East Tower
The world’s highest super five-star hotel-Rosewood Guangzhou is located on the 530-meter-high, 108-story cloud of the East Tower. As a global luxury hotel, the landscape details at the entrance open up its ultimate high-end design and experience, providing a high-level living life for all kinds of business people in every possible way.
▼广州瑰丽酒店入口景观 Hotel Entrance
As a high-end integrated commercial office center, the major group of people enjoy the service of the East Tower are urban white-collar elites. They pursue fashion and have high aesthetic and emotional needs. Therefore, the East Tower also needs to be extended in the process of landscape design and implementation, high-end experience and artistic aesthetics.
▼高端的综合商业办公中心 High-end integrated commercial office center
In meeting spiritual needs, the artistic atmosphere of East Tower’s high-end commercial center K11 begins from the South Garden on the first floor with art sculptures, outdoor viewing platforms, and water features and large areas of three-dimensional plantings in such a prime location. These all helps to Influences people’s sentiment release their stress.
▼艺术氛围浓烈的雕塑景观 Sculpture with strong artistic atmosphere
▼在绿意中穿梭跳跃的潺潺流水 The ripples of water flowing in greenery
At the same time, humanized and customized services are also highlighting its unique charm in terms of usage requirements. The 360° viewing platform offers a panoramic view of the magnificent scenery of Zhujiang New Town; the outdoor smoking area is designed for office workers is hidden in the greenery specifically, allowing busy urbanites to have an inch of chatting. Also, the setting of customized parking spaces is the continuation of its high-end services.
▼供白领休闲的户外空间 The outdoor space for leisure
Fusion function, The landscape acts as a glue bonding the building and the land
Since our land resource is limited, all the buildings are going upwards, breaking free from the shackles of the land. At the meantime, it gives them a closer relationship. In order to stand out from masses of city skylines, architecture and landscape need to implement the integration of functions.
During the process of the landscape design and construction of the East Tower, designers think about how to help the building to stand out from the limited land. We incorporated many of the auxiliary functions of the building into the landscape, so as to maximize the effectiveness of the space.
▼L107天台花园 Roof Garden
The South Garden on the first floor of the East Tower has multiple functions. First of all, it helps to improve the environment and offers leisure space. Artificial streams, fountains, terraced gardens and vertical green walls are accommodated in only 25,000 square meters of space. A large area of vertical green walls is adopted to forms a closed space through high-density plants. It hides the building’s exhaust wells, light wells, boiler rooms, and oil tanks with s strong concealment and Isolation.
▼首层南花园 The South Garden on the first floor
The second function is to create the interaction with surrounding buildings. The L5 restaurant and the L6 outdoor bar are distributed around the terrace landscape, and they are scattered in a pattern to form a combined shared space; each private room in the restaurant has their own line of sight. Details such as corridor, water cascade and curtain wall give each space its unique characteristics.
▼L5餐厅夜景 Night View of The L5 Restaurant
The terrace garden on the upper floors of the East Tower offers the guests private outdoor experience. In the landscape configuration, we focus on the quiet and elegant courtyard, emphasizes the complementarity of indoor and outdoor environments so that we can provide guests with a sky garden view overlooking the city.
▼L68露台花园 L68 Terrace Garden
▼L97酒店阳台景观 L97 Hotel Balcony
Flexible line, Reasonable space configuration to achieve effective linkage of multiple spaces
Since the East Tower is a complex of commercial, office, apartment and hotel with multiple entrances and exits. At the same time, the location of the building and the surrounding environment make a huge traffic flow of people and vehicles flow, therefore, we need multiple pedestrians path and drive way in the traffic line design,. In order to integrate the building and the traffic lines more naturally, the edges of the landscaped roads and the entrances and exits in the garden are outlined with soft curves.
▼东塔动态分区示意图 Dynamic of East Tower Zoning
In order to avoid road congestion, we design a long-flowing waiting area and flower base are specially set on the side of the commercial and office area of the East Tower, which is very close to the exit of the tunnel, to optimize the tourist experience.
In the South Garden, there are civil air defense entrances and exits for pedestrians and vehicles for different zones, connecting the outside world and the building’s commercial areas, office areas, apartments and hotels. In this way, each space is connected to each other and has the capacity to operate independently.
▼东塔人流车流动线示意图 Dynamic of of East Tower Flow Line
The architect Wright once said, “The ultimate goal of architectural design is to move towards the disappearance of architecture”. The “disappearance” here is not the disappearance literally, but the participation of architecture as a landscape element in the construction of landscape space.
Especially in the construction of urban CBD landscape, the limited land space requires the landscape to carry more functions. When buildings continue to extend to high places, the landscape have to keep pace with it, fully integrate with the building, and use more suitable scales and methods to release the maximum effect of the limited space, so that the building can be built on the urban space.
Nowadays landscape and architecture are no longer in different categories. More and more designers pay more attention to the integration of the two. We believe that in the future, there will be more exploration on integration forms of landscape design for both urban CBD and other subjects to form creates a unique landscape space for the city.
Project Name: Guangzhou East Tower (CTF Chow Tai Fook Financial Center)
Project Location: Zhujiang New Town, Guangzhou
Construction: Guangzhou Xinyu Real Estate Development Co., Ltd
Programme Design: P Landscape, Thailand
Detailed Design: PuBang Design
Design Executive Consultant in Domestic: PuBang Design
Construction Time: 2012-2018
Photography: Chonger Landscape Photography (Part)
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