TENCENT SEAFRONT TOWER
Tencent, a leading provider of Internet value-added services in the People’s Republic of China, worked with US-based architecture firm NBBJ to design their global headquarters in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen.
Inhabit provided full-process Façade Consulting services including design, specification, tender, shop drawing review and construction supervision.
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.
This office tower development comprises a North Tower and a South Tower between which there are 3 horizontal volumes linking the towers together. The main façade systems are curtain wall and metal claddings.
At 250m high with a GFA of 270,000 sqm, the twin-towers development with connection bridges and rooftop courtyards provides 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.