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Phoenix Tower

Nanjing, China 2013

In collaboration with Joel Sanders Architect

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Our winning proposal for the Kunshan Phoenix Cultural Mall on 80,000 sqm corporate headquarters and cultural complex to be built in Kunshan, one hour west of Shanghai, consists of a 20-story office tower perched upon a five-story podium organized around four ‘cultural cores’ that respectively house theaters, exhibition halls, a fitness club and an education center. A retail loop, comprised of affiliated stores, restaurants and cafes, spirals around each cultural core, allowing culture and commerce to mix.

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The large urban site is divided into four pedestrian-scaled culture/commerce blocks that define the perimeter of a central outdoor atrium. The Book Mart dramatically crowns the entire complex and serves as a base for the office tower, visually and symbolically unifying all of the programmatic elements. The green roof of the Book Mart acts as a cultural park where the general public and Phoenix employees can come together.

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The tower is clad with a striking pattern of diagonal louvers that provide solar shading and mark the tower as a visual icon on the city skyline.

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Bookstore Level

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Longitudinal Section

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Ground Floor Plan

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Upper Bookstore Level Plan

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Project Team: Belinda Lee & Florian Fend