Great Wall Tower, Shanghai, China


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Location of the site between elevated highway and railway line resulted in a very linear approach to functional organization of the building as well as its formal architectural expression.

The concept reinterprets elements of the traditional brick construction of the Great Wall of China in a modern architectural language by informing the massing of the project and by influencing composition of the highly engineered skin of the building.

The development accommodates a mixed use programmatic approach incorporating all locally required urban living amenities such as Supermarket, Shopping Mall, Subway connection, Offices, Serviced Apartments and leisure activities.

The mixed use tower houses offices and serviced apartments. The serviced apartments elevator lobbies open on to the double height sky gardens with the panoramic views of the city.

The tower is clad in glass and aluminum curtain wall and will feature color glass panels recalling the brick stratification of the Great Wall of China. The occupants have a direct connection to the commercial podium, underground parking and future subway station.

  • design Voytek Gorczynski Architect
  • team Vincent Liu, Johnson Xie, Karl Xie B+H Consulting
  • client Great Wall Development Co.
  • proj. manager Mr. Xu Song Tao
  • height 46 floors, 170m
  • gross fl. area 87,000 m2
  • completion 2010