Despite Chinese President Xi Jinping's call for an end to “strange-looking” architecture projects in China, yet another unique building is poised to take over a Chinese city skyline—this time, in Guangdong Province’s Foshan. Designed by Godefroy Tang Architects, the appropriately named Foshan Opera Cube Tower is made up of a nine cubes of varying sizes stacked in a vertical formation, with each cube’s facade covered in different traditional design motifs. The large high-rise will contain a total of 34 elevators and 16 escalators, all of which will be installed by German mobility company ThyssenKrupp.
With a growing population of over 7 million people, the prefecture-level Foshan city has goals to establish itself as a high-tech development hub. The striking Foshan Opera house design will symbolize Foshan’s ambitious growth by pushing the boundaries of architectural design. The 469-foot-tall mixed-use high-rise will overlook a branch of the Pearl River and comprise conference areas, theater, an exhibition hall, and other commercial facilities.
“The Cube Tower is set to be one of the most prominent landmarks in Foshan, and ThyssenKrupp is proud to be a part of mobilising this iconic project,” said Juergen Boehler, Chief Executive Officer of ThyssenKrupp Elevator in China. The eye-catching structural skin will be made entirely out of welded steel and its playful porous patterns will allow crosswinds to ventilate the building. The project’s unique shape poses a number of engineering challenges; ThyssenKrupp Elevator expects to finish installation work by July 2015.