The Bank of China has recently started construction on its new Financial Center in Lingang on the West Island of Dishui Lake. The project is jointly designed by Bei’s Architects and the China Architectural Design and Research Institute. The project has a total land area of 11 hectares and a total construction area of approximately 280,000 square meters. The area will include auxiliary functions such as business offices, five-star hotels, and centralized commerce. The Bank of China’s Lingang Financial Center will have a “Double 11” style similar to its center in Hong Kong.
The financial center sits on the entire island of the West Island of Dishui Lake. The design of the area hopes to make full use of the open space, arrange parks and landscape stretches, attract the public to the waterside to see the beautiful lake scenery, and carry out various leisure activities. It will become the long-awaited landmark place for gathering and recreation.
The entire project is located at the end of the boulevard from downtown Shanghai to the Pudong Airport to the Dishui Lake area. In order to extend this important visual axis, the overall shapes of the buildings are designed as two coordinating and graceful towers. A parallelogram with a 60-degree angle, each tower has a rotating and quadrangular pyramid on the top with the ends of the two slightly connecting. The delicate connection forms an arch shape, which leads the viewer’s line of sight to the center of the entire group of buildings.
In terms of form, the upper pyramids of the two twin towers are connected to each other and stand opposite each other in the shape of “1”, which highlights the importance of the intersection of “two centuries.” The architectural intention of the building is a tribute to the times. It focuses on the light of Eastern civilization, and also implies that Lingang open to the world and illuminate the future.
The facade of the project continues the iconic diagonal X structure of Bayesian Associates in the Bank of China series of projects. The iconic X-shaped diagonal brace structure was first designed for the Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong. This project will adopt the design in a relatively small size, which not only adapts to the actual needs of the building itself, but also maintains the same feel as the Hong Kong Bank of China Center.
The Bank of China Tower in Hong Kong is a model of the integration of structure and architectural design. In the Lingang project, through the use of a frame + giant support-core tube structure system, lateral rigidity will increase and at the same time the integrated design of architecture and structure will be realized. Through the connection of the pyramids at the top, the single-tower structure becomes a double-tower conjoined structure, which effectively increases the lateral stiffness of the weak axis of the structure, and ensures the coordination and unity with the architectural shape
The whole project runs on the design concept of green, low-carbon and energy-saving, with LEED gold and green three-star building as the project goal. It comprehensively adopts a variety of low-carbon and energy-saving measures to protect the natural landscape ecology of Dishui Lake and the West Island. It is required that multiple methods are used, such as wind and solar energy, and adopt comprehensive measures to improve energy utilization efficiency.