Chinese waterside observation tower designed by RMJM


RMJM has won a competition for a new observation tower in Zhuha, China which forms part of a waterfront development.

The 108m design is inspired by the unique traditional water culture of the riverside district of Doumen.

For the integration of the tower into  the urban promenade concept, the proposal avoids using too much of the plaza area, and leave the most space for landscape design elements and recreational activities for the people.


there will be cafes and restaurants on the ground floor of the tower-podium while the tower itself is divided into three parts: the ground podium, the part in the middle which will contain recreational and medfia areas and the observation facilities on the top.

The outside observation platform will provide a 360-degree view of the river and the city.

The main structure of the tower consists of twelve two-dimensional curves, which are divided in a second step for the sub frame.

The sub-frame serves as the holding for the 1400 panels, which will create the look of the tower,  provide sun protection in the middle part and create an interesting light-situation inside the building.

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