Yinchuan Greenland Center named finalist 2014 Be Inspired Awards

Yinchuan Greenland Center

Yinchuan Greenland CenterYinchuan Greenland Center, a 300-meter supertall mixed-use project, has been cited for Innovation in Building in the 2014 Be Inspired Awards. The project will be presented by Gordon Beckman, AIA, principal and design director, and Steve Lin, AIA, before peers, industry leaders and members of the press at The Year in Infrastructure Conference to be held November 4-6 in London.
Yinchuan Greenland CenterThese awards recognize business and technical achievements, innovation and leadership in the field. The project, to be built in phases, is currently under construction in Yinchuan, China, with the first tower and the podium to be completed in 2017.
Yinchuan Greenland CenterThe complex features parallelogram-plan geometry with rounded corners, which serves to distinguish the project’s two elegant 301-metre-tall towers from the adjacent rectilinear towers seen in the city’s Master Plan, which was developed by the local government. In a nod to the literal meaning of Yinchuan – silver river – the towers are linked by one, a podium building with a sinuous form.
Yinchuan Greenland CenterThe tower forms take inspiration from shapes found in the unique calligraphy of the Chinese Hui – a script that fuses Chinese and Arabic. Rotating the towers and placing them in relation to each other creates, from two very similar towers, a sculptural composition of one form, ever-evolving and changing from various vantage points.
Yinchuan Greenland CenterAs Yinchuan is the capital of the Ningxia Hui Autonomous Region, the project’s design draws inspiration from the Chinese Hui, whose culture offers a unique blend of Islamic and Chinese influences. The facades of the towers are fully glazed using high-performance, low emissivity glazing.
Yinchuan Greenland CenterTo the south and the west, the facade is distinguished with a horizontal blade sunshade system that allows floor-to-ceiling glazing to maximize natural light while also controlling solar gain. To the east and the north, the fully glazed fa├žade consists of vision and patterned frit glass to offer similar daylight control, while also providing contrast to reinforce the tower shape and give an interesting modulation of views from the inside.
Yinchuan Greenland CenterLocation: Yinchuan, China
Archiect: John Portman & Associates
Local design institute: China Architecture Design & Research Group (CAG) Beijing, P.R. China
Structural engineers: Halvorson and Partners
MEP/F/P engineers: Parsons Brinckerhoff
Curtain wall: ALT
Exterior Lighting: Fisher Marantz Stone
Fa├žade maintenance: Lerch Bates
Wind tunnel testing: RWDI
Landscape: Aspect Studios
Site Area: 312,207 sf (29,005 sm)
Gross Building Area: 3,293,757 sf (306,000 sm)
Building Height: 984 ft (301 m)
Year: 2017

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