Guangzhou Nansha was once distinguished by scattered hills and islands. Over the course of rapid urbanization and high-density development, it has now evolved into the geographic center of the Greater Bay Area.
As an effort to create a pleasant living space in a fast-paced area, Aedas designed the Nansha Kingboard Plaza, a waterfront complex that strives to integrate nature and architecture. The project is located in Jiaomen, the central area of Nansha Free Trade Zone, and future transportation hubs in Nansha.
The plot possesses superior landscape resources, with a wide river view of the Jiaomen River to its east and the Phoenix Lake to its west. The design breaks up the building mass to form a zigzag layout which precludes blocking between the towers, maximising view and natural light intake.
It also creates a buffer zone between the architecture and the light rail track that runs along its western boundary to minimise noise impact. The design draws inspiration from the forceful character of the mountains in South Guangdong, with volumes stacked and rotated in sections, rendering an image of a classic ink painting scroll.
The facade is made of simple horizontal sunshade shutters and a double-layer glass curtain wall system. The horizontal lines are merged with the twisted volume where elegant arcs emerge to create a layered visual experience. The surrounding landscape is designed in a coherent linear architectural language.
Incorporating a series of green terraces, decks, and water features, the landscape design also celebrates Nansha’s waterfront culture and provides abundant public green space for the residents. Nansha Kingboard Plaza has received Special Mentions in the 2022 Architizer A+ Awards for the Office – High Rise (16+ Floors). Source by Aedas.
- Location: Guangzhou, China
- Architect: Aedas
- Directors: Ken Wai (Global Design Principal) and Wei Li (Executive Director)
- Client: Kingboard Holdings Limited
- Area: 80762 m2
- Year: 2021
- Photographs: Courtesy of Aedas