Two Towers

‘The Two Towers’ attempt to articulate the skyscraper - not as a purely visual statement but as a functional and welcoming landmark capable of stimulating the urban area that it is rooted in.

The project is comprised of two towers, functioning as the new headquarters for two financial institutions. The challenge of designing two new towers in Shenzhen raised the question as to what kind of tower could possibly be added to an already impressive skyline without compromising urban quality and liveliness at the base. 

The tower design activates the ground floor by placing accessible human scale and public-oriented programs, closely connected to the surrounding public realm. By shifting the volumes around a sunken plaza, a dynamic shaded public space is created underneath, supporting a clear identity for the two institutions. Green and blue elements generate a pleasant micro-climate in a diverse public space that exceeds the expectations implied in the brief.

Detailed studies of sun conditions led to the design of an energy performing façade offering more shade to sun-affected areas. The soft gradient reflects differently during the day. 

A series of atriums in the towers have views to the surroundings through large glass areas that offer better views and more light to the interior spaces. Additionally, the atriums features interior gardens and recreational spaces with greater spatial variation. 

Name: Two Towers
Type: Invited international competition 1st prize
Program: Mixed use highrise
Client: CDB, Minsheng
Size: 120.000 m²
Location: Shenzhen CH
Year: 2011
Collaborators: Urbanus, VSA, Max Fordham, Beijing CCI Arch. Design Co. Ltd
Team: Anders Lonka, Martin Krogh, Martin Laursen, Aidi Su, Tatyana Eneva, Camilla Klingenberg, Jens Peter Nielsen, Nelly Jana