New York City-based architect Kevin Kennon has released final plans and renderings for a nearly one million-square-foot office building in Tianjin, China. Called Tian Fang, the 45-story building will incorporate biophilic design techniques to mimic the form and growth of a bamboo forest.
The 656-foot tower was conceived as a series of stacked square boxes, which give the building 18 corners; not only do those corners help the tower echo the form of rising bamboo, but they also maximize the building’s commercial real estate appeal.
20 percent of Tian Fang’s energy will be produced on-site, which should drop its overall energy consumption by 40 percent over a typical Chinese office building. Passive design strategies also maximize natural daylighting and solar power generation, with over 50 individual atrium spaces. Luxury retail space will be located at the top of the building, which is tapered into a series of distinct angles that are oriented to maximize solar power.
“This project is the culmination of years of thinking about tall building design combining environmental strategies and adaptive innovation to create signature architecture,” Kevin Kennon said. “Considering pollution is a foremost challenge in this rapidly industrialized nation, the goal of this particular project is to act as a catalyst for green design in China.”
A 2013 occupancy is scheduled.