Wuhan Greenland Center

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Wuhan Greenland Center

Wuhan Greenland Center

The Wuhan Greenland Center, at 606 meters (1,988 feet), will likely be China’s third-tallest building, and the fourth tallest in the world, when completed in 2016.

The 119-level tower in Wuhan, China will be comprised of about 300,000 square meters of floor area, including about 200,000 sm of offices, 50,000 sm of luxury apartments and condominiums, a 45,000 sm five-star hotel, and a 5,000 sm, 27-meter-tall private club with spectacular views at the tower’s penthouse level.

Wuhan Greenland Center features a uniquely streamlined form that combines three key shaping concepts—a tapered body, softly rounded corners and a domed top—to reduce wind resistance and vortex action that builds up around supertall towers. The building’s extremely efficient aerodynamic performance will allow it to minimize the amount of structural material (and the associated embodied carbon) needed for construction.

The tower’s three corners rise from its tripod-shaped base and taper upward, culminating in an arched tip above the dome at the top. The corners will be of smooth curved glass, contrasting markedly with the more textured curtain wall cladding the body of the tower. The curtain wall will enclose a composite concrete core with steel framing. Apertures in the curtain wall at regular intervals will assist in venting wind pressure against the tower; the apertures will also house window-washing systems and air intake and exhaust systems on mechanical floors.

Other planned sustainable elements of the project include:

- Energy recovery using an enthalpy wheel integrated into the ventilation system; this captures energy from the building’s exhaust systems and uses it to pre-heat or pre-cool air entering the building.
- A greywater recovery system, which takes waste water from the hotel laundry, sinks and showers and reuses it in the building’s evaporative cooling system.
- A high-efficiency lighting system, which uses low-energy-consuming ballasts and lamps to reduce required power consumption.A daylight-responsive control system, which automatically turns off electric lights when  sufficient daylight is available.
- Water-conserving low-flow plumbing fixtures, which reduce the total amount of potable water required as well as the associated pumping energy.

In addition, the AS+GG Interiors studio is developing the tower’s fluidly sculpted interior public spaces, many of which reflect the tower’s exterior silhouette. The conical silhouette is visibly echoed in the entrances to the primary elevator bank from the main lobby, as well as in the shapes of the elevator cabs and other public spaces. The lobbies and other amenity spaces within the tower also feature sweeping, fluid lines and a neutral blue-gray palette that recalls the reflective glass of the exterior wall. The transparency of the ground-floor lobby wall allows views from inside toward the entry canopy drop-off areas, establishing a seamless relationship between the interior and exterior.a

15 feb 13  | Popular Science
Rise of the Supertalls
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sep 11  | Perspective
High up in the wind
Situated close to the meeting of hte Yangtze and Han rivers, Wuhan Greenland Centre is scheduled to be completed in about five years... MORE


aug 11  | The Big Project
The Big Players
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aug 11  | Architectural Record
On the Boards: Wuhan Greenland Center
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won an international competition to design the Wuhan Greenland Center in central China... MORE


21 jun 11  | Chicago Tribune
Smith and Gill win competition for supertall tower in China
Chicago-based architect Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill have won a competition to design a Chinese skyscraper that will, according to the firm, be the world's fourth tallest building... MORE


21 jun 11  | World Architecture News
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill, Thornton Tomasetti and PositivEnergy Practice to design world's fourth tallest building
Fast becoming leaders in the design of tall buildings, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture have just scooped another major project in China which is destined to become the fourth tallest building in the world when construction completes in approximately five years... MORE


21 jun 11 | inhabitat.com
AS+GG's Aerodynamic Wuhan Greenland Center to be World's 4th Tallest Building
Today, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture unveiled their competition winning design for the Wuhan Greenland Center, set to be the world's 4th tallest building... MORE


21 jun 11  | e-architect
Wuhan Greenland Center Tower
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is pleased to announce that it has won an international competition to design Wuhan Greenland Center, which at 606 meters (1,988 feet) will likely be China’s third-tallest building, and the fourth tallest in the world, when completed in about five years... MORE
 

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Greenland Group

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