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Old Posted Feb 12, 2016, 1:14 AM
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SHENZHEN | Nexus Tower Complex | 2000 FT | 124 FLOORS









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London-based PLP Architecture has revealed a masterplan for a project in China that includes a concept for a supertall tower composed of three rotated, interlocking volumes.


Proposed for a site in Shenzhen, PLP's proposal features two towers, a performing arts complex, and a series of connecting structures and bridges that will accommodate retail and entertainment spaces.

The centrepiece will be the 124 storey, 595-metre-tall Nexus tower.

This will consist of three rectilinear volumes of varying heights, slotted together to "form a propeller-like configuration," the firm said.

"The starting point for the Nexus building is the search for an alternative to the high-rise point tower typology, where a large central core is surrounded by usable space," said David Leventhal, a partner at PLP.

In the standard central-core tower, interior spaces often lack flexibility, views and vertical movement, said the firm.

Instead of one structure, PLP's building is conceived as three separate towers connected by a central supporting structure, like propellers around an axle, providing uninterrupted floor space.

"The usable space of each component is liberated to the outside, in a centrifugal manner," the firm said.

The structural system will still have a central vertical core, and this will be supported laterally by three perimeter cores joined via trusses on designated mechanical, electrical and plumbing (MEP) service floors.

Core walls and columns will act together to transmit the building's gravity load to the foundation, the firm said.

The Nexus tower will mostly contain offices, although it will have an eight-storey retail podium at its base and a 14-storey hotel at the top.

Shuttle elevators will operate on a pre-determined schedule rather than on demand, and will terminate at transfer levels at the top of the two lowest volumes.

From these levels, vertical circulation will be moved to the perimeter of the building, where double-decker lifts will offer panoramic views of the city and act as "mobile observation decks".

"For the people working inside, every journey through the building will contain at least one possibility of sensing the astonishing height of the tower in a direct, visceral way," said Andrei Martin, a partner at PLP. "Similarly, from the outside, the cantilevered volumes produce a slightly unstable reading that hints at a defiance of gravity."



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Calling this plan impressive is an understatement. Wow...
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Easily one of the best supertall proposals to date. Make it happen Shenzhen!
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This is just awesome.
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Normally I'm not a fan of the stacked-block design, but this pulls it off.
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umm, yeah. Please build....there is a nice parking lot on Figueroa in LA that is available for this should you pass, Shenzhen.
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Developments like this are why China is the skyscraper king. Use to be the U.S., but in cities with the demand, that could support such a complex, we settle for things such as the "spiral", with its lame name choice and lackluster height. Nexus, now that sounds official and with class. We don't dream big anymore.

But in terms of this proposal, its stunning. What 21st Century architecture is all about. And without any value budgeting or engineering either. A skyscraper complex that shows that a rising China is serious about business and its image.

Shenzhen, like Hong Kong, are two of China's star cities. Some say Shanghai, but Shenzhen is the jewel of the south, next to HK.
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Most new buildings just gets lost in a crowd but this design just grabs your attention. BTW, is that a smaller twin?
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^ Yes, the other building is 347m/1,138ft.

Not a fan of this megatall ... sure the height is great, but those stacked boxes don't look that good imho. My guess is this design won't be built anyway and we will see some revisions before construction commences.
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More about the design. No worries, there is English involved.











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That short stubby thing in the middle, with the water coming down, reminds me of the Chicago bean. I wonder if it's the same mirror concept.
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It's sort of like United Nations meets New York's capital complex meets Frankfurt and Berlin. This building is very Bladerunner-esque, especially the name. heh
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I guess I am the lone dissenter. Ugly as sin.
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Interesting design !
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I guess I am the lone dissenter. Ugly as sin.
Nope, you're not alone. I think it is ugly also.
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