Atkins to design waterfront tower
Atkins has been appointed to design the Huarong Hengqin Tower in Zhuhai, China.
Atkins’ architecture and urban design studio was selected by the developer Huarong Real Estate through a competition aimed at securing an eye-catching and modern design that responds to the site and the environment.
The mixed-use development contains a hotel, offices and retail facilities. It will be one of the first buildings to be constructed as part of the masterplan for the new economic zone of Hengqin Island District.
This development faces the waterfront only a few hundred metres from the Cotai tourist strip in Macau.
Atkins’ design director Ian Milne said: “The towers are orientated to provide hotel guests and office users with stunning views of significant landmarks in Macau, while respecting the development potential and view corridors of adjacent sites.” The building orientation also protects its main entrances from wind, while the façade consists of louvres in wavy forms to shade unwanted glare and accentuate the concept of a rippling water surface.
The Huarong Hengqin Tower is the first appointment of Atkins’ architecture and urban design studio by Huarong. Other projects in the region include Intercontinental Hotel for Shimao in Songjiang and the Lotus Hotel near Shanghai.
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This article was published on 28/02/2012 (last updated on 28/02/2012).