Sino Steel International Plaza(Tianjin)

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Sino Steel International Plaza(Tianjin)

SINO-STEEL INTERNATIONAL PLAZA 2006-2013 Tianjin, China Under-Construction Scheduled to be completed in 2013 Type: Office, Hotel, Service Apartment Site Area: 26,666sqm Tower A: 228,638sqm, 358m Tower B: 69,216sqm, 95m Associate Engineers: Jiang Architects & Engineers Structural Engineers: China Construction Design International. Mechanical Engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff Engineering Technology (Beijing) Ltd. Façade/cladding consultants: Meinhardt Façade Technology General management: China Construction Design International, Beijing China-GauJing Consultation Co., Ltd. Sinosteel International Plaza is a new organic landmark for the redeveloped city of Tianjin. The design concept combines shape, structure and cultural symbolism in one repeated motif: a hexagonal façade, multiplying and growing across the building. This façade is made up of five different sizes of hexagonal windows, a traditional element in Chinese architecture. These windows flow across the building in an irregular, naturally occurring pattern, like cells multiplying. This device animates the façade, creating an ever-changing image of the building from each different perspective. The façade also forms the structure of the building, like an exoskeleton, a sheer solid surface. This removes any need for internal columns beyond the building¡¯s core, freeing up space within the structure for much more flexible use. Finally, the varied honeycomb also improves the building¡¯s energy efficiency. By mapping the different air-flows and solar direction across the site, and positioning the windows accordingly, it is possible to minimize heat loss in the winter and heat gain in the summer. From this very simple concept, deeply rooted in ancient Chinese buildings, a subtle and sensitive building will rise. Sinosteel International Plaza will create an entirely different urban landscape, and soften the hard atmosphere of the concrete city. Design Team: Ma Yansong, Dang Qun Liu Xiaopu, Eric Spencer, Tony Yam , So Sugita, Zhao Wei, Li Jieran, Fei Wu,Xiang Ming, Jenny Chou, Dominika Placek

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