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The "Kissing Tower" of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, China

The "Kissing Tower" of Victoria Harbor in Hong Kong, China

The “Kissing Tower,” designed by the British studio Weston Williamson consists of three taper-shaped towers. The towers touch starting from the 21st till the 25th floor, as if they were kissing each other. The touching areas create the main public space in the skyscraper. Above the kissing point, the three tower volumes shrink, until they disappear

Kissing tower by Weston Williamson, Hong Kong, China Kissing Tower by Weston Williamson, Hong Kong, China

The "Kissing Tower," designed by the British studio Weston Williamson consists of three taper-shaped towers. The towers touch starting from the 21st till the 25th floor, as if they were kissing each other. The touching areas create the main public space in the skyscraper. Above the kissing point, the three tower volumes shrink, until they disappear into the skyline of Hong Kong.

The Kissing Tower sits above the newly built high-speed rail from Guangzhou, through Shenzhen to Hong Kong. The project’s concept was inspired by the cluster of the 440 m (about 1,443 feet) high-rise towers located on the landscape plaza. The project was labeled as the "arcology skyscraper." The term, arcology, is a combination of the words architecture and ecology. Architect Weston Williamson aims to integrate transportation and architecture in this project. The kissing tower is part of his integration project series. "Without the high speed rail under the towers, there would be no arcology skyscraper," said Weston Williamson.

The kissing tower has residential apartments, offices, and retail spaces. The skyscraper is divided into three zones, occupying a total floor area of 250,000 square meters (2,691,137 square feet). The business areas are located in the lower floors, while the residential areas are in the higher stories.

Victoria Harbour at night, Hong Kong, China Victoria Harbor at night, Hong Kong, China

"The tower's architecture creates high quality spaces, and at the same time echoes Hong Kong's complex center of activity," said the architecture company. A central plaza and a spacious garden can be found on the ground level. The area facing the Victoria Harbor is home to large green spaces along the central waterfront. As the skyscraper rises, each story becomes broader, creating more space for use.

Are there skyscrapers in your city? What do you think of the idea of integrating transportation infrastructure into buildings with varied uses? Share your thoughts and your city's stories in the comments area below.

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The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.

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Elle is an urbanist, inspirer, and translator. She was born in mid-south China and received her PhD in Urban and Regional Sciences at Texas A&M University in 2014. She is passionate about words and completes translation work in her free time. ...