A slight variation in the angle of the fins creates the
effect of different depths of the fin layer. Depending
on the angle of the viewer, the proportions of either
reflection vary and shift.
Designed to fulfill LEED Gold certification standard,
the self-shading aluminium fins and high-performance
glass reduce both glare and solar heat gain. Working
with the structural engineers, we designed the towers
using eight super-columns, which reduced the structural
system by around 30 per cent in comparison to a
This is actually the first high-rise built using our extensive
research into parametric facades over many years. We
have previously advised on geometric systems to clients
such as Schüco (for their ‘parametric freedom concept’).
We proposed long vertical fins, also featured in our
2008 Schumacher Tower concept, as an alternative to a
modular system. The towers are a further development
of this geometric approach and we are excited to see the
fruit of this research.
The building of the pavilions started last year, and
construction of the twin towers will begin in 2017 with
completion scheduled for 2019.
Right: masterplan perspective
Below: from an animation sequence illustrating the facade changes