Originally published June 28, 2011
There is an article in today's New York Times about architect Steven Holls' recent creation, the Vanke Center a/k/a the "Horizontal Skyscraper" located in Shenzhen, China.
It is supported by seven piers, some as high as 50 feet, and covers an eleven acre park. Part of the structure faces down to meet the ground level and one part of the park is raised to brush the bottom of the building. It is also sustainable: it features solar panels on the rooftop, recyclable water and louvers that are sensitive to the sun.
The fact that Vanke Center is raised 3-5 stories on its piers allowed for maximum use of the park area below the structure and the architect says the building is "virtually tsunami-proof".
The rolling hills surrounding the park are actually artificial and house underground facilities including a 500 seat theater and a restaurant.
The article can be found here:
Iwan Baan/Steven Holl Architects
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