Skidmore, Owings & Merrill Wins Competition

The atrium will be the building's ‘lungs,’ ventilating naturally and reducing energy consumption by 60 per cent.

WUJIANG – Skidmore, Owings & Merrill’s Chicago firm has won an international competition to realize a 358-m-tall tower in Wujiang, China.

The Greenland Group Suzhou Center will act as a landmark for the city’s lakefront development. The undulating structure will taper in its form and feature a 30-m-high operable window.

‘Like a high performance car, the digital modeling of aerodynamics was critical to the shaping of the building,’ says Ross Winter, director of SOM. ‘The design team included structural and mechanical engineers from the very beginning and their input helped to define all aspects of the tower.’

The structure will include offices, apartments, a hotel and retail space over 37,000-sq-m.

Renderings courtesy of SOM

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