Lotus-Inspired Skyscrapers with Aluminum and Glass Facades in China | Aedas

Lotus-Inspired Skyscrapers with Aluminum and Glass Facades in China | Aedas

Aedas, the architectural studio, has designed a duo of 150-meter-tall skyscrapers known as One Future in Hangzhou, China, distinguished by their rounded edges. Drawing inspiration from lotus plants in the West Lake vicinity, these structures feature facades adorned with aluminum and glass panels, complemented by bronze fins that gracefully taper at their base. Read more about the project below on SURFACES REPORTER (SR):

Aedas executive director Wei Li and global design principal Ken Wai want their building design to be simple and culturally meaningful by drawing inspiration from the local Xiao Shan culture's lotus roots. They aim to create a layout that works well while also honoring the heritage of the area.

Rounded edges, curved facades, and bronze fins

The skyscrapers present a distinctive design with curved facades on each tower, forming a refuge floor in case of emergencies. These curving elements break the rectilinear form, creating a unique visual identity. At the tower bases, a sweeping canopy extends from the facades, serving as a sheltered entryway.

Surrounding the towers is a ground-floor courtyard, hidden from the main roads by a perimeter wall and hedges, providing a peaceful space lined with trees. Bronze-framed entrances punctuate the curving facade, blending seamlessly with the fins.

Optimizing Space

To maximize open landscape area on the small site, Aedas abandoned the idea of a bulky podium, minimized car circulation, and designed the towers' bases to taper inward, freeing up additional ground area.

Spanning 33 stories and 63,500 square meters, One Future houses both office and residential spaces, accessible via individual elevators to delineate the two programs. Aedas addresses the evolving needs of young entrepreneurs by offering flexible live/work spaces, allowing tenants to choose between work and residential unit layouts.

Innovative design strategies, such as minimizing elevator zones within the architectural cores, showcase Aedas' commitment to optimizing usable space on the limited plot.

Project Details

Client: Hangzhou Jumen Real Estate Co
Design and Project Architect: Aedas
Design Directors: Wei Li (Executive Director), Ken Wai (Global Design Principal)
Photo Courtesy: DONG Image

Post Your Comment

"Content that powers your Business. News that keeps you informed."

Surfaces Reporter is one of India's leading media in Print & Digital Telecast for News on Interiors & Architecture Projects, Products, Building Materials, and the Business of Design! Since 2011, it serves as a referral for designers & architects to know about inspiring projects and source new products. If you have a Product or Project worth publishing in Surfaces Reporter, please email us hello@surfacesreporter.com or you can also submit your project online.

Like Surfaces Reporter on Facebook | Follow us on Twitter and Instagram | Subscribe to our magazine | Sign Up for the FREE Surfaces Reporter Magazine Newsletter

Snøhettas Glass-Clad Beijing City Library Unveiled in China, Featuring Hills and Valleys

The Beijing City Library, a wonderful creation by Snøhetta, has recently been unveiled in China. The project features a glass-clad facade, adorned with towering tree-like columns while the interior rooms resemble hills.

Read more

Various Associates Seamlessly Merges Commercial and Hotel Spaces in this Life Aesthetics Community in China

The project skillfully harmonizes with the hotels atmosphere, demonstrating an artful balance between the hotels needs and those of new businesses.

Read more

Terraced Fields and Connected Courtyards-This China Building Showcases A Modern Twist to Subtropical Architecture

In the middle of Chengmai County, China, theres an incredible building called the Hainan Smart Ecological New City Digital City Hall. Created by THAD SUP Atelier, this building does many things at once – its for exhibitions, creative work, and offices.

Read more

Energy-Efficient Wonders of Special Glass and Fins in Zaha Hadid Architects’ New Art-Deco Inspired Hotel | Macau | China

The building uses special glass and fins for energy efficiency and combines Art Deco elements with a contemporary style.

Read more

This is alt