Create a long, thin skyscraper, make it green and gorgeous, and then turn it on its side. That was the thinking behind Steven Holl's recently completed Vanke Center in China. Not only is the mixed-use building green, diverse, and tsunami-proof -- it's also in the running for LEED Platinum certification.
Steven Holl‘s well-known design aesthetic and green credentials have made him a favorite here at Inhabitat. His latest project was conceived as a new headquarters for Shenzen Vanke Real Estate that will house everything from office spaces and a conference center to apartments, a hotel, and even a spa. While initially the program called for a number of smaller structures, each with their own program, Steven and his team decided to create one large superstructure propped up on eight legs.