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SOM's new waterfront to be anchored by lighthouse-inspired skyscraper

SOM's new waterfront to be anc...
Jiuzhou Bay is due to be completed in 2022
Jiuzhou Bay is due to be completed in 2022
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Jiuzhou Bay is due to be completed in 2022
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Jiuzhou Bay is due to be completed in 2022
Jiuzhou Bay will feature a 1,045-ft (318-m) supertall skyscraper
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Jiuzhou Bay will feature a 1,045-ft (318-m) supertall skyscraper
Jiuzhou Bay
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Jiuzhou Bay will consist of a 40-acre (16.1-hectare) mixed-use neighborhood with offices, residences, retail areas, and a ferry terminal and bus station
Jiuzhou Bay's canopies will include integrated solar panels and rainwater collection
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Jiuzhou Bay's canopies will include integrated solar panels and rainwater collection

Jiuzhou Bay will feature five canopies that create a series of covered pedestrian alleyways and courtyard areas along the waterfront
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Jiuzhou Bay will feature five canopies that create a series of covered pedestrian alleyways and courtyard areas along the waterfront
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Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has designed many major buildings in its time, including the world's tallest, but its latest work involves the creation of an entire waterfront neighborhood. The Jiuzhou Bay project will feature a new supertall skyscraper and will offer pedestrians pleasant shaded spaces to stroll along, while also integrating solar power and rainwater collection.

Jiuzhou Bay is slated for Zuhai, China, which has been in the headlines lately as the site of the world's longest sea-crossing bridge. It'll consist of a 40-acre (16.1-hectare) mixed-use neighborhood with offices, residences, retail areas, plus a ferry terminal and bus station. Five large canopies will be installed to create a series of covered pedestrian alleyways and courtyard areas along the waterfront. The canopies will also incorporate sustainable technology.

"The new neighborhood is designed to utilize Zhuhai’s most abundant natural resources – the sea and sun – to reduce natural gas consumption, conserve water, and create a comfortable environment for residents, office workers, shoppers, and nightlife seekers, helping to activate the site both day and night," explains the firm in a press release. "The canopies also increase interior comfort and building efficiency by filtering daylight, harvesting energy via photovoltaic panels, and capturing rainwater."

Jiuzhou Bay will feature a 1,045-ft (318-m) supertall skyscraper
Jiuzhou Bay will feature a 1,045-ft (318-m) supertall skyscraper

The project will be defined by a 1,045-ft (318-m) tower that's inspired by the form of a lighthouse's Fresnel lens. It will host 35 floors of office space and will be topped by a 20-story Ritz-Carlton Hotel boasting a skybar and observation deck. It will also feature a large atrium area, offering visitors choice views of the bay.

Jiuzhou Bay is the product of an architecture competition and is confirmed to be going ahead. SOM told us that construction is expected to be completed in 2022.

Source: SOM

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2 comments
guzmanchinky
Very beautiful, but I would rather buy a place where the weather isn't so humid in the summer.
buzzclick
Turns out, Zhuhai is one of the cleanest cities in China. Situated on the coast, it was only founded in 1979 and a very popular tourist destination. Blows me away how yet another mega project is being built in the country. While much of the world is worried about how the CoVid 19 situation has brought into question of whether office space is becoming unnecessary, while here in China, they can't seem to build fast enough.