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MVRDV's bold new tower has a road running through it

MVRDV's bold new tower has a r...
Vanke Headquarter Tower is expected to begin construction in mid-2019
Vanke Headquarter Tower is expected to begin construction in mid-2019
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Vanke Headquarter Tower will be located in Shenzhen, China
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Vanke Headquarter Tower will be located in Shenzhen, China
Vanke Headquarter Tower will rise to a height of 250 m (820 ft)
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Vanke Headquarter Tower will rise to a height of 250 m (820 ft)
The unusual design for the Vanke Headquarter Tower partly came about because real estate firm Vanke Group wanted a new headquarters that would provide office space for the firm and offer leasable office space for others, as well as retail space, a restaurant, a hotel, and public space
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The unusual design for the Vanke Headquarter Tower partly came about because real estate firm Vanke Group wanted a new headquarters that would provide office space for the firm and offer leasable office space for others, as well as retail space, a restaurant, a hotel, and public space
Vanke Headquarter Tower is expected to begin construction in mid-2019
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Vanke Headquarter Tower is expected to begin construction in mid-2019
The other driving force behind Vanke Headquarter Tower's design is that it is located on two plots separated by a road
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The other driving force behind Vanke Headquarter Tower's design is that it is located on two plots separated by a road
Vanke Headquarter Tower will include a lot of greenery 
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Vanke Headquarter Tower will include a lot of greenery 
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Bringing to mind a child's toy building blocks stacked atop each other, the newly-unveiled Vanke Headquarter Tower is another unique and confident design from Dutch firm MVRDV. The mixed-use project will rise to a height of 250 m (820 ft) and straddle a road in Shenzhen, China.

The result of an architecture competition, the design for the Vanke Headquarter Tower (referred to as Vanke 3D City by MVRDV) partly came about because real estate developer Vanke Group wanted a new headquarters in Shenzhen that would not only provide office space for itself, but host leasable office space for others, as well as shops, a restaurant, a hotel, and public space.

Another factor was the location, which is a little awkward and made up of two plots separated by a road. In response, MVRDV proposed a stack of blocks that connect the two plots and bridge the road.

"Vanke 3D City can be seen as a new type of skyscraper," says Winy Maas, principal and co-founder of MVRDV. "By stacking the required programmatic entities, initially proposed for two separate plots, on top of each other, the two individual Vanke Group Headquarter buildings are turned into a Vanke City. They turn the ordinary into the extraordinary."

The other driving force behind Vanke Headquarter Tower's design is that it is located on two plots separated by a road
The other driving force behind Vanke Headquarter Tower's design is that it is located on two plots separated by a road

Vanke Headquarter Tower's base will be taken up by a multi-level public space incorporating the road, with plazas, green spaces and shaded walkways to take the sting out of Shenzhen's tropical heat. It'll be open to the public 24 hours a day and include restaurant and retail space.

Further up the 167,000 sq m (around 1.8 million sq ft) building will be the offices and hotels, plus additional open green spaces and green roofs. MVRDV also plans to install rainwater collection and recycling systems, and promises high-performance facades.

The project involves engineering expert Arup and preparation work is already underway on the site. Construction proper is expected to begin in mid-2019, though we've no word on its expected completion date.

Source: MVRDV

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paul314
There used to be buildings in lower manhattan that had elevated train tracks running through them. This is clever, but not particularly new.