OMA wins skyscraper competition in China


Dutch studio OMA has won the design competition for its Essence Financial Building in Shenzen, China, the firm’s second skyscraper for the city.

The project was led by partners David Gianotten and Rem Koohlaas, beating four other international and Chinese entries.

OMA challenged the many typical office conventions with its skyscraper project, such as a central core plan and curtain wall systems, hoping that their building will cater for a “new generation” of office towers in Shenzen.


Gianotten commented: “OMA is very excited about its continuous and deepening participation in Shenzhen’s development, especially as the city makes its latest evolution: from a manufacturing city into a services hub. This next generation of urbanism calls for a new generation of office towers of which the Essence Financial Building could be one.”

OMA’s first project in Shenzen, the Shenzen Stock Exchange, is scheduled for completion by April this year.

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