Global Headquarters Building of China Merchants Bank by Mecanoo

China Merchants Bank
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The development along the bay of Shenzhen will represent an important step for the city: not only the skyline will be profoundly changed, but the concept of what a contemporary megalopolis is, will be challenged. The tower of China Merchants Bank will be a relevant part of the composition of Shenzhen’s bay coastline.

China Merchants Bank
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The key point of the project is the creation of an astonishing public space: in the same way the glorious buildings of the past used to shape the city to allow a theatrical display of themselves, the future quarter of China Merchants Bank will be generated around a square that literally carves the building blocks and sets unity within all the elements of the plot.

China Merchants Bank
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Following this aim, the high-rise building takes the opportunity to reinvent this typology and explore different possibilities to create a dialogue between indoor and outdoor spaces, private and public. At the urban scale, a tower is normally a building that becomes the center of attention, a standalone object that polarizes space around its own footprint.

China Merchants Bank
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In most cases, it is the tower’s plinth that generates the city and creates urbanity. The vertical element (tower) and the horizontal (plinth) merge into single volumes with a unifying character and language, and the central element of the composition becomes a public square. In order to build a city we need spaces, not only objects. Source by Mecanoo.

China Merchants Bank
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  • Location: Shenzhen Bay, China
  • Architect: Mecanoo
  • Client: China Merchants Bank
  • Status: Design Competition
  • Size: 140,000 m2
  • Year: 2017 – 2018
  • Images: Courtesy of Mecanoo
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China Merchants Bank
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Source: a as architecture

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