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Vanke Center

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Steven Holl Architects
 
location Shenzhen
function office
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Hovering over a tropical garden, this "horizontal skyscraper" unites into one vision the headquarters for Vanke Co. ltd, office spaces, apartments, and a hotel. A conference center, spa and parking are located under the large green, public landscape. The building appears as if it were once floating on a higher sea that has now subsided; leaving the structure propped up high on eight legs. The decision to float one large structure right under the 35-meter height limit, instead of several smaller structures each catering to a specific program, was inspired by the hope to create views over the lower developments of surrounding sites to the South China Sea, and to generate the largest possible green space open to the public on the ground level. The underside of the floating structure becomes its main elevation from which sunken glass cubes, the so-called Shenzhen windows, offer 360-degree views over the lush tropical landscape below.

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Vanke Center
Address
Huanbi Rd 1
China
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Completion 2009
Floor area/size 120441 m2
ArchitectSteven Holl Architects
Client Shenzhen Vanke Real Estate Co.
 
Project ID 21029
Latitude/Longitude 22°36'01N 114°17'57E
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