Office tower development in Shenzhen, PRC, comprising a North Tower and a South Tower between which there are 3 horizontal volumes linking the 2 towers together.  The main façade systems are curtain wall and metal claddings.

Leading China I.T. Company, Tencent, is working with U.S. based architecture firm NBBJ to design their headquarters in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen. The skyscraper twin-towers are a reflection of the company’s innovative philosophy, responding to China’s crowded conditions with a vertical, interconnected urban high-rise solution.

At 250m high, 55-storeys and with a GFA of 270,000 sqm, the twin-towers development with connection bridges as well as rooftop courtyards will provide office space for an additional 12,000 employees for the company.

The concept was to design a vertical campus environment, interlinked by three bridges that act as social spaces, each with its own theme:

.  Knowledge (top) – Libraries, conference rooms and other amenities.
.  Health (middle) – Basketball court, swimming pool, gymnasium, airborne running track.
.  Podium – the lowest of the bridges is an extension to the building’s base.

The towers are positioned and rotated to help minimise direct exposure to the sun, as well as capture the site’s prevailing winds, aiding ventilation. The unitised curtain wall façade system, with variable protruding panels, works to control glare and heat-gain. Tencent is expecting to achieve both Leed Gold Rating and perform as a 2 star China Green Building.

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