Hong Kong S.A.R., China   |  2022

MUSE Design Awards Platinum Winner

Hengqin International Financial Center

Entrant Company

Aedas

Category

Architectural Design

Client's Name

Zhuhai Huafa Urban Operation & Investment Holdings Co. Ltd

Sub-Category

Commercial Building

Hengqin International Financial Center is an iconic 339-metres tower, which stands at the estuary of the Pearl River and overlooking Macau just across the waters. The spirally rising volume invokes the Chinese myth of flood dragons emerging from the sea – a perfect metaphor for the strength and power of the region. Hengqin International Financial Center is located in Hengqin financial island and is classified as comprehensive mix-used land. The project is planned to include Grade A office, conference, exhibition amenities, business apartment and commercial services. Inspired by "The Nine Dragons", a famous stroll of Chinese painting from the Song Dynasty, the design embodies the convergence of energy in the architectural form. The traditional totem of the dragon emerging from the sea symbolises new life breaking through the barriers and ceaselessly flourishing into an imposing power. It’s transformed into the elegant curves and powerful twists of the tower, complementing the undulating surface of the waters around it. With four vertical blocks shooting up to the sky and merging into the building, the tower itself also becomes a symbol of talents and resources congregating at Hengqin to create a new metropolis in the Greater Bay Area. Parametric techniques were applied to design the details of the curvy curtain wall. With rigorous calculations, the curtain wall is divided into smaller, standardised units in a limited numbers of dimensional types. The glass panel units, mostly flat, are installed by sections and with gradually shifting angles to form the three-dimensional curve. The design team is thus able to realise the design with highest precision and minimised construction cost.

Credits

Global Design Principal / Aedas
Dr. Andy Wen
Chairman and Global Design Principal / Aedas
Keith Griffiths
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