Chicago-based Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture has won an international competition to design Qintai International Tower, a 248-meter (814-feet) tall, high-performance corporate headquarters tower, in Wuhan, China.
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The tower with the unique form and total constructed area is 146,000 square meters, will include a 5 star hotel, offices, retail, restaurants, a ballroom, and lounges at the top will offer spectacular panoramas of the city.
Adrian Smith said about Qintai International Tower:
“The genesis of the form in the competition phase related to the Qin, a traditional Chinese musical instrument similar to a zither, featuring strings that are stretched over pegs that form a raised S curve over a rectangular wooden frame. The instrument is similar to the one featured in a Chinese legend with deep significance to the culture of Hubei, which in turn inspired our design process early on.”