Wuhan Qiaokou Tower

Wuhan, China

This development, set in the Qiaokou District by the Hanjiang River, comprises a 330m super high-rise grade A office tower, a 160m high serviced apartment tower and a 40,000m² retail mall with a total GFA of 205,600m². 

The tower’s form is articulated as three joined elements and refers to the Chinese character ‘川’ meaning water, which is appropriate with the site’s proximity to the river and China’s vision of Wuhan as the city by the water. The geometry of the 69-storey tower is simple and economic, tapering towards the river to maximise views. The uncomplicated plan form delivers regular, flexible office floorplates which repeat up the tower. 

The façades are articulated as part of the environmental strategy and adopt a combination of varying depth vertical fins and opaque banding for shading on the east and west façades, which are reminiscent of ripples in the water. Horizontal brise-soleil shade the southern façade but allow unobscured views of the river. 

A 160m high serviced apartment tower provides a series of  108 duplex apartments with river views.
The two towers are linked by a three-storey retail mall which flows around the base of the tower beneath a dramatic undulating roof form. 
The retail podium and apartment tower is now complete and the main tower has topped out.