Jennifer Liu, Studio Director, Gensler; Xiangdong Pan, Chief Designer, CITYGROUP; Xiaohai Li, Senior Associate Director, Goettsch Partners; Jianhe Luo, Director, Architecture Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology; Peng Du, CTBUH China Office Director; Jiaqi Qu, CTBUH China Office Associate Director, and other guests attended the symposium.
January 25, 2019
GUANGZHOU – On January 25th, the CTBUH Symposium Spatial Design: Inside and Outside of Skyscrapers, sponsored by CITYGROUP and SouthArch, was successfully held at CITYGROUP Office in Guangzhou.
As the market demands for supertall buildings grow, and needs for space change, the spatial design relationship between outside and inside of skyscrapers is becoming increasingly important. This event was held in Guangzhou CBD, Zhujiang New Town, an economically-advanced city where people feel the skyscraper’s impact every day.
Guests from diverse disciplines and regions gathered in a dialogue on the relationship between tall buildings and future cities, the value of inside and outside space innovation, and future design strategies for tall buildings.
CTBUH China Office Director Peng Du and CTBUH China Office Associate Director Jiaqi Qu opened the symposium. According to a 2018 CTBUH review of tall trends, the astronomical growth in tall building construction continued in China, though the total number of completed buildings of 200+ meters leveled off at 143 from the all-time record of 147 in 2017. The year recorded 18 “supertall” buildings (300+ meters), which is more than any previous year. Their speech summarized other highlights in 2018 and pointed to a future of further tall building development.
Jennifer Liu, Studio Director, Gensler, gave a speech entitled Supertall Building and Future Community on how tall buildings can address the growing need for sustainable communities, and help to solve the challenges of improved lifestyles amid current urbanization. Shimao University New City, Shanghai Center, Qianhai Shimao Financial Center, and Fuzhou Shimao International Center were examples of landmark towers that help to reduce density pressures by providing inside and outside, 24/7 community space.
Xiangdong Pan, Chief Designer, CITYGROUP, presented on the China Resources Building and Shenzhen Excellence Financial Center, emphasizing the inside as an extension of the building’s architecture, created in accordance with the concept of “inside and outside.”
After the first section, the group broke out for short coffee break with open discussion and rest in a cheerful atmosphere.
The second section began with Xiaohai Li, Senior Associate Director, Goettsch Partners. Based on three of their projects: Greenland Guanggu Central City, Poly Zengcheng Financial Headquarters and COFCO Asia-Pacific Headquarters, he briefly described how GP combined specific conditions with the innovative design principles of simplicity, pragmatism and efficiency.
The event concluded with the speech by Jianhe Luo, Director, Architecture Design and Research Institute of South China University of Technology. The split-personality design of tall buildings, such as “double skin inside and outside,” was popular for a while, but now factors related to function, such as humanization and spatial logic occupy an increasingly prominent position in design thinking. Showcasing Hitachi Elevator (China) R&D Building and Guangzhou International Financial Center, he expressed the cooperative relationship between architecture and interior design in pursuing a place spirit that can meet the needs of people.