JDS Architects has won first prize in the design competition for the ‘Hangzhou Gateway’ in the Gongshu district of China. The 15 storey tower aims to stand as a new icon for the urban transformation of the old industrial neighborhood.
The design draws in the energy of the street, with a wide arcade-like passage way. This connects one side of the site to the other, featuring a sunken in plaza and shopping center.
The shape of the roof provides optimal natural lighting conditions for housing units, as well as unobstructed view towards the city.
On the roof of the building, a similarly carved out profile creates a multi-tiered green terrace.