SOM Melt Chinese Towers

These two "almost" supertall towers are the latest designs from Skidmore Owings and Merrill for the Chinese city of Nanchang in the south east of the country which now has an impressive five million inhabitants.

Named Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, the project features a landscaped site of almost four acres from which the two 289 metre tall towers rise. With 59 storeys each, they will hold 219,776 square metres of office space in them with the upper levels accommodating executive workspace and an observation floor.

The towers have been designed with molten metal in mind that gives them a smooth but slightly melted look. As they rise, the towers appear to twist thanks to the way the tops of the buildings relate to the bottoms.

At the base they are, in effect, square footprints with curved corners and concave facades with similar shaped floor-plates at the top but rotated 45 degrees. The end result of this is that as the towers rise they morph between the two creating the melted shape the architects have taken their cues from. This appearance is further accentuated by the layered glass curtain walling that helps to create a metallic sheen.

Work is now being carried out on the surrounding buildings, and is set to begin on Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza later this spring.
Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, China
Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, China