German architecture firm Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp) has been commissioned to design a ten-tower complex for a financial centre in Nanjing, China.
Located on a 80,000m2 site, the towers have an above ground floor space of 500,000m2. The site is served by an underground railway line and is crossed by a river to the north.
The masses are arranged in an outer ring of seven 120 to 200 metre high towers and an inner ring of three 130 to 150 meter high buildings.
The facades of the outer buildings contain vertical shading fins while the three inner tower blocks use double-skin facades with counter sash windows featuring individually controllable solar screening.
Nanjing city wall provides the inspiration to the colour scheme, which is based on different shades of burnt brick.