The Futuristic Disappearing Tower by Sou Fujimoto Architects Will Have 99 Islands Hovering Over Qianhai Bay | Shenzhen

Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto Architects

"What does a new 'tower' mean in the 21st Century? How can a tower evolve while continuing to attract attention, as the Eiffel Tower does? And which would face towards the bay." These were the questions that arose in the mind of Japanese architect Sou Fujimoto before coming up with this futuristic tower design on the bay of the Qianhaiwan district in Shenzhen, China. A competition was held to design the New City Center Landmark. And the mind-blowing visualization of a monumental floating tower presented by the Sou Fujimoto Architects won the competition. The proposed 268-metre tower acts as a landmark and consists of 99 individual tower-like elements attached with a solid horizontal surface in the upper part. All these tower elements gradually disappear as they descend. Read more information about the project below at SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

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Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Called Qianhai's New City Center Landmark, the design can be both one tower and a group of buildings simultaneously, representing the future of societies in an age of diversity.

Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto ArchitectsThe proposed design imitates different forms- It looks like a pendant or a futuristic aerial city or a group of islands, an ethereal cluster of clouds, or even a water fountain hovering mid-air. 

What Does it Encompass?

The tower contains a viewing platform, working as a three-dimensional exhibition space, with a restaurant and a café.

Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto ArchitectsMost of the connected 99- pendant-like structures have limited contact points to the main tower, making it resemble as though they are floating in the air.

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Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Design Details

Steel, Carbon fibre, concrete and Kevlar Rope is used to design this futuristic tower. And the core of the building is supported by a peripherally-placed steel truss system with Kevlar tension cables.

Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto Architects

Established in 2000, Sou Fujimoto Architects is a Japanese architecture firm founded by Sou Fujimoto.

Qianhais New City Center by Sou Fujimoto ArchitectsThe firm has its offices in Tokyo and Paris and is renowned for its 2013 serpentine gallery pavilion design.

Project Details

Project Name: Qianhai New City Center Landmark
Architecture Firm: Sou Fujimoto Architects
Location: Shenzhen, China
Principal(s) in charge: Sou Fujimoto
Project team: Yibei Liu, Mircea Eni, Vikas Lokhande, Yeonsuk Kim, Haakon Heyerdahl-Larsen, Li Xiaolin, Jeng-Ying Li.
Client(s): Authority of Qianhai Shenzhen-Hong Kong Modern Service Industry Cooperation Zone of Shenzhen, Shenzhen Bureau of Urban Planning and Natural Resources.
Design year(s): from 2019 to 2020
Construction year(s): on hold
Site area: 75,000sqm
Major materials: Steel, Carbon Fiber, Kevlar Rope and Concrete
Images and Info Courtesy:  Sou Fujimoto Architects

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