China -- Initial construction work is underway on sustainable towers.
The towers will be 980 feet and will have aluminum shading fins that shimmer in the sunlight. "The high-rise towers are an interpretation of the Chinese characters meaning 'gate' or entrance to a city," said Tobias Wallisser, director of the project. "The development is located at a major interchange into the city so we wanted to create an iconic gateway to Hangzhou. Utilizing our extensive view studies we positioned the tower ensemble so it is recognizable as a twin structure, a gate, from both near and far."
The project will be LEED Gold certification. The towers will have high-performance glazing to reduce solar heat gain and glare inside. Each tower will have a facade that has two groups of vertical aluminum shading fins. The fins will look like they are shimmering. The towers will also have eight "super columns" that will reduce structural systems needed, reducing material use by 30%.
These towers will be part of a larger plan with five mixed-use buildings.
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