Vantone Center is a new corporate headquarters and at 185 meters tall, it is one of the tallest and most sustainable in Tianjin, China. The tower’s elegantly twisting, faceted form signifies the rising importance of Tianjin, while the undulating pattern of the cladding of the north and south facades evokes both the rippling surface of the Haihe River, two blocks to the east, and the region’s tradition of bamboo weaving.
The 64,000 sm building is certified LEED Gold and features Class A office and high-end retail space, along with an additional 30,000 sm of below-grade retail and parking. The building also has a soaring, 27-meter-tall private club for building tenants at its top.
The south facade provides stunning views of the thriving Tianjin business district’s planned central park; a sunken garden at the base of the building has an underground connection to the park and its planned subterranean retail complex. The two-story, high-end retail podium on the north side of the building complements the area’s bustling shopping district and offers a handsome amenity on its publicly accessible green roof and restaurant terraces.
The tower’s sustainability features include a high-performance, high-thermal-mass exterior wall system with alternating metal and inward-angled glass panels that block solar heat gain; and extensive use of self-shading and daylight harvesting. The east and west facades use alternating metal and glass panels that balance solar heat blocking, optimized shading for the low-angled morning and afternoon sun, and the availability of views of the park to the south.