PLP Architecture recently released their large architectural design in the core area of Pearl River Delta in China. Their design includes a contemporary art platform, a tower in the Lychee Park, a square and the Nexus tower, along with a 600 meters (1,969 feet) high office and hotel complex tower. The complex will be the highest skyscraper in the area.
In order to reduce the lateral pressure present in traditional circular or rectangular towers, the Nexus tower is composed of a number of small parts, supported by tripods and cantilever beams. This architectural form allows natural lighting and cooling, is flexible, and thus creates a comfortable working environment. Each level of the tower interacts differently with its surroundings. The lowest part of the Nexus tower fits with the neighboring parks. The middle part of the tower is more in harmony with the city context. Finally, the design of the highest part of the building takes into account the whole city, as well as its distant mountains.
The three other elements of the complex perfectly complement each other.
The contemporary art platform provides a public space for art display and includes 1,700 theaters. The platform has one concert hall and one multifunctional performance building and has held a variety of public activities on the ground level. The waterfalls from the platform flow into neighboring parks, which creates a strong city image and an unforgettable landscape.
The Lychee Park tower is a 300 meters (984 feet) high office tower at the north of the platform. The tower consists of two interlocking volumes. The orientation of the tower is reversed at its base, providing a view of the park. The top volume of the tower hangs over, providing a view of the site center and balances the volume of the Nexus tower.
The square connects three buildings, including large-scale business and entertainment facilities. It consists mainly of a lifting tower, that lifts the square by seven meters. The lifting tower will act as a multifunctional bridge which connects the square, the neighboring shopping malls and the main roads with the parks.
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The original article, published in Chinese, can be found here.