Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

 Nanjing: Redeveloping the "Southern Capital"
Post-Congress Regional Tour

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September 2012 View in Chinese (中文版本)
Nanjing, the venerable “Southern capital,” is in the midst of the type of redevelopment surge impacting many Chinese cities. “Second and third tier cities are becoming the focal points for the creation of innovative tall buildings and urban zones,” said Scott Slaney, managing principal of the SWA Group, one of the tour organizers. “Nanjing is but one example of a second tier city on the leading edge of this trend.”
The tour group at the base of Sunny Center under construction in Nanjing
Attendees were treated to a two-day itinerary, offering the opportunity to explore the past, present and future of Nanjing.  After a high-speed train trip from Shanghai, the tour started with a visit to Nanjing Hexi, one of Nanjing’s “new towns,” adjacent to the historic city center. Development in Nanjing Hexi started in 1992 and the district is now a focal point of new development and investment in the Nanjing region.
Delegates examine a model of Nanjing Hexi at the city's Planning Bureau Exhibition Hall
At the Nanjing Hexi Planning Bureau Exhibition Hall, representatives of Zaha Hadid’s office gave a presentation on the Nanjing Youth Olympic Center, which will be the centerpiece of the 2014 Youth Olympic Games hosted by Nanjing Hexi. The facility includes a performing arts center and two towers with space for offices, retail, residences and a hotel.
The model of Zaha Hadid Architects' Nanjing Youth Olympic Center
While in Nanjing Hexi, the group toured the recently completed Sunny Center, a 232-meter building, and the adjacent JinAo Tower, a Skidmore, Owings and Merrill-designed complex. Attendees were able to take construction elevators to the 26th floor for an in-depth view of the structural, double curtain wall and natural ventilation systems under construction.
Delegates toured the Sunny Center (left) and the JinAo Tower (right) Zifeng Tower, tallest in Nanjing
The second day of the tour featured a mix of historic and modern Nanjing. Highlights included a tour of Greenland’s dramatic, two-year-old 450-meter Zifeng Tower, another SOM project, as well as a visit to one of Nanjing’s most treasured landmarks, the Sun Yat-Sen Memorial on Zijin Mountain.
“Attendees were deeply interested in each itinerary event, inquisitive and engaged in discussion with representatives from each location toured and at the end of the day I believe each person walked away with relevant knowledge,” Mr. Slaney said. “In summary, it was a learning experience.”
The Nanjing group gathers for a group photo

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Special thanks to Nanjing Hexi for its gracious sponsorship of a tour bus for two days, lunch the first day and all its efforts in arranging site visits within Nanjing Hexi. Special thanks also to Greenland Group for support of the Zifeng Tower tour.

Delegates Attending the Tour

Organizers: Yu-Peng Hu SWA Group

Scott Slaney SWA Group
Guojun Cai Nanjing Hexi

Nils Fischer
Zaha Hadid Architects

Shao-wei Huang
Zaha Hadid Architects

Xiaoming Wang JinAo Tower (aka Fairmont Tower)

Huafu Wei Sunny Center (aka Landsea)

Minhui Xue Greenland Center/ZiFeng Tower

Min Yang JinAo Tower (aka Fairmont Tower)

Wei Yu Nanjing Hexi

Mingbo Zhang Sunny Center (aka Landsea)

Yaoqi Zhang Nanjing Hexi
Attendees: Georges Binder Buildings & Data SA

Dejiang Chen CPP Wind

Sivan Erga

Sivan Joseph

Joost Kuckartz NPO SODIS

Kevin Nadolny Nikken Sekkei

Bill Veronesi United Technologies