Zaha Hadid Architects has been crowned a competition winner for its proposed design of Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, a planned business and financial center that will serve the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau. Informed by 3D-modeling tools, the skyscraper features a futuristic, energy-efficient design with terraced levels, dramatic curves and expansive glazing. The project targets high-performance energy standards with environmentally friendly elements such as water collection and recycling as well as aquaponic gardens to help purify the air.

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Located within a global technology hub, the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base will accommodate 300,000 employees every day and include residential developments, a transportation center, venues for international conferences, exhibitions, cultural and art programming and a landscaping plan with native grasslands and coastal wetlands. Tower C, which will be located at the intersection of the Shenzhen’s planned north-south green axis and the east-west urban corridor, will serve as a “multidimensional vertical city” housing a mix of programming including offices, retail, dining, entertainment amenities, a hotel, convention center and a variety of cultural facilities. The building will be located above a subterranean public transport interchange served by the expanding Shenzhen Metro network.

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rendering of two glass towers in Shenzhen
rendering of curvaceous tower with garden terraces

Taking inspiration from the adjacent park and plazas, the architects have crafted Tower C as an extension of the landscape with a terraced podium that supports two towers with heights of nearly 400 meters. Double-insulated glazing fitted with solar shades will wrap around the building. To reduce energy use, the building will be equipped with high-efficiency equipment and automated indoor environmental controls. Solar photovoltaic panels and a water recycling system will further reduce resource consumption. For enhanced health and wellness, low-VOC materials will be installed throughout the interior while outdoor aquaponic gardens grown on every terraced level will serve as a protective biological filter against air contaminants.

rendering of two towers attached at a shared base
rendering of building with two glass towers lit up in pink lights at dusk

The architects noted, “The design of Tower C integrates the city and nature within its central green axis with the transit orientated development (TOD) of Shenzhen’s new spine, creating a ‘superscape’ that will become a tower of the future within the Super Headquarters Base.”

+ Zaha Hadid Architects

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