SIP Zhongnan Center

Suzhou, N/A / China

The project brief includes a 720m mixed-used tower with retail podium. The design identifies the economic aspiration of Suzhou along with the organic character of its gardens and waters as inspiration for a unique building image. The tower's gently tapered profile echoes its internal program distribution; from office use at the lower levels to observation at the apex. Like silk strands or a flowing garment, each façade is articulated by a sinuous vertical line that acts as both reveal and overlapping edge traveling up the building to resolve itself in an iconic expression at the top. At the base of the building, the reveal migrates to the corner and "pulls" the exterior wall out (like an opening in the garment) to define areas for entry. At the top, the reveal widens, becoming an aerie, light-filled volume providing dramatic views to the city beyond as well as up through a glazed roof to the upwardly-thrusting forms of the building crown's towers. These spires spring upward from each façade's reveal at the observation level in a kinetic thrust symbolizing the open petals of a flower and the frenzy of economic expansion, prosperity, and Aspiration of a city perpetually moving onward and upward.

Architect of record

James Zheng
Goettsch Partners
224 South Michigan Avenue, Floor 17
Chicago, IL 60604, USA
Phone: 312-356-0600
Fax: 312-356-0601

Consultant 1

Thornton Tomasetti
330 N. Wabash Avenue, Suite 1500
Chicago, IL 60611, USA
Phone: 312-596-2000

Consultant 2

J. Roger Preston Limited
Unit 1005, Finance Square,. 333 Jiu Jiang Road, Huang Pu District
Shanghai, N/A 200001, China
Phone: 862163606001
Fax: 862163606990

Consultant 3

Unit D, Floor 24, 838 Zhang-yang Road (Huadu Building), Pudong New District
Shanghai, N/A 200122, China
Phone: 11862162188997

Consultant 4

Rolf Jensen & Associates
600 West Fulton Street, Suite 500
Chicago, IL 60661, USA
Phone: 312-879-7200

Consultant 5

ALT Limited
Unit H, 12/F, Huadu Mansion, No.838, Zhangyang Road, Pudong New Area
Shanghai, N/A 200122, China
Phone: 862158358870

Consultant 6

Cox Gomyl
216 North Avenue Eas
Cranford, NJ 07016, USA
Phone: 908-325-6587
Fax: 908-967-6042

Consultant 8

Room 2508, Kerry Everbright City, 218 Tianmu Road West, Zhabei District
Shanghai, N/A 200070, China
Phone: 862 63536033

Consultant 9

Rider Levett Bucknall
22/F, Greentech Tower, No. 436, Hengfeng Road, Zhabei District
Shanghai, N/A 200070, China
Phone: 862163301999

Consultant 10

LTW Designworks
Unit 1601 Building A Chao Wai SOHO, No. 6 Chao Wai Street Chao Yang District
Beijing, N/A 100020, China
Phone: 8601059002379