November 20, 2011
TFP Farrells designs new landmark for Beijing’s business district
The new ‘Z15′ Tower, located in the east of Beijing at the heart of the new CBD extension, will be the city’s tallest building at over 500m high, becoming an icon of the city and an emblem of China’s economic success. The tower provides the focal point of a 30-hectare masterplan which will generate a thriving new district within the CBD. This masterplan includes 2,000,000 sq m of office space, six-star hotels, luxury serviced apartments and high-end retail – creating in effect a ‘mini-city’ which will be not just a place of work but a 24-hour living environment. The existing metro station and the new monorail transportation system are fully integrated into the masterplan, meaning that the site has excellent connectivity at both local and city-wide levels.
The 300,000 sq m tower itself includes Grade-A office space over 60 floors; 20 floors of serviced apartments, and an approximately 300-key/ 20-storey hotel, complete with state-of-the-art facilities. The tower’s elegant vertical curve will assist in maximising floor area at the top and provide structural stability at the tower’s base. The outward curve at the top of the tower brings to mind the floating kongming lanterns released at major Chinese festivals, whilst the overall form of the building takes inspiration from the hourglass shape of ancient Chinese zun wine vessels.
The site for the tower is located in the centre of a green spine of open space running through the CBD extension. Responding to this concept, the tower’s ground floor atrium is a public space, allowing pedestrian thoroughfare and public enjoyment of the building. In addition, the curved corners of the tower soften its shape to assist with pedestrian flow around the tower, whilst also reducing the wind load.
Z15 utilises the latest sustainable technology to tackle the demands of Beijing’s extreme seasonal changes, including ground source heat pumps and heat recovery systems. The design also sets ambitious targets for reducing water consumption by recycling grey water and collecting rainwater, and employs sustainable waste management systems.
The Z15 tower is set to become a new international icon of Beijing, symbolising the city’s prosperity and growth. It will also drive the creation of a sustainable mixed-use district within the CBD, which will be full of life and have a strong sense of place.
October 10, 2011
‘guangzhou south railway station’ by TFP farrells, guangzhou, china
images courtesy TFP farrells
the recently completed ‘guangzhou south railway station’ located in guangzhou, china designed by london-based
practice TFP farrells has been shortlisted for an award in the transport category of this year’s world architecture festival.
positioned within the pearl river delta region, this addition to china’s growing network of high speed railway transportation
hubs will circulate 300,000 passengers on a daily basis. 28 platforms distributed on the ground level receive the arrival
trains while departures are elevated to the first floor. the building is divided vertically to provide infrastructure for other
modes of movement including taxis, cars, buses and connections to the metropolitan subway positioned underground.
a series of spacious atriums welcome passengers while simultaneously allowing unobstructed views from the raised
concourses through to the waiting hall. the spine of the structure contains a 348 meter long skylight which becomes wider
near the main entrances and slimmer towards the center. the barrel vaulted structural steel diagrid is enclosed with ETFE
air cushions to introduce daylight while minimizing excessive solar gain. reminiscent of the appearance of victorian train stations,
the standing seam roof is angled 45 degrees to evoke the structural arrangement of leaves. the 168 meter clear-spans of the roof’s
hybrid system of structural components results in column free areas with visual connections between escalators and lifts.
the overall masterplan introduces two large vegetated plazas at the opposing points of entry increasing the urban dweller’s
connection with native trees and plants.
ground level entrance
atrium with glazed roof
waiting area with column free spaces
stairs down to platforms
elevated outward view from station of landscaped plaza
outdoor corridors beneath roof overhang
February 1, 2011
Situated in a prominent location within the Lu Jia Zui commercial and financial district of Shanghai’s Pudong, this landmark new tower sits next to Jin Mao and the World Finance Tower. It over looks the Yang-Pu River and therefore highly visible along the Pudong skyline directly from the Bund. At 180m it exudes elegance, refinement and a contemporary aesthetic whilst providing Grade-A office space with an environmentally sensitive design.
The Building footprint responds to the boundary requirements by breaking down the built volumes programmatically into two wedge-shaped entities: A glazed atrium separates the tower from the lowrise; the atrium and the lowrise are staggered volumetrically away from the Towers north-west façade.
The design incorporated environmental strategies (construction and materials) to lessen the impact of solar heat gain during the summer and to limit heat loss through the building envelope during the winter. An isolation analysis was undertaken to establish which façades incur the maximum solar exposure over the year. Optimising city and river views on the North sides whilst minimizing glare required a façade design composed of large areas of glazing with vertical fins that use a surface frit to shade the interior.
2004-2009Client : Gaopeng (Shanghai)
Real Estate DevelopmentLocation : Shanghai
Area : 8,128 m2 / GFA 70,000 m2
BEA Financial Tower
66 Garden Shiqiao Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Gross Floor Area
180 metres; 40 storeys
Gaopeng (Shanghai) Real Estate Development Co. Ltd
TFP Farrells Limited
Local Design Institute
East China Architectural Design and Research Institute Co. Ltd. (ECADI)
Shanghai 7th Construction Company Limited
Mechanical & Electrical Engineer
Civil & Structural Engineer
TFP Farrells Ltd. (Sketch, renderings and drawings); Paul Dingman (Photos)