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The 45,000-square-meter Gemdale Changshou Road development is nicknamed “Cloud on Terrace” after its rounded and reflective tower set on a terraced retail podium. The landscaped terraces soften the building’s appearance and break down the development to a human scale. The terraces step up to form a tower with rounded edges and an angular orientation—a contrast to the surrounding boxy skyscrapers. The terraced building is a visual bridge between the low-rise, residential developments to the south and Changshou Road in the north.

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The building is mostly glazed and will be installed with high-performance, low-e, and low-iron glass to save on energy. The landscaped terraces help provide a cooling microclimate, purify the air, and reduce solar heat gain. Horizontal solar shades extrude from the tower’s glass curtain wall to further reduce solar gain. The building is slated for completion by 2019.

+ Andrew Bromberg Aedas

Via ArchDaily

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