Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing tower
The commission follows from winning the international competition to design the tower and 17.9ha park at the base of the tower, and its surrounding 56.6ha master-plan, which includes a square, pagoda-park, retail facilities, offices, television center and a hotel. Other teams that participated in the competition were among others; Richard Rogers Partnership, Architecture Studio, Coop Himmelblau, and KPF.
The transparent tower consists of a twisted tube-like steel structure and will reach to a height of 610m, making it the tallest tower in the world of its kind.
The interior of the tower is programmatically subdivided into zones with functions such as; coffee & thee-houses, restaurants, exhibition-spaces, shops a 4D cinema and observation-galleries.
Spatially the tower reads like a series of stacked open-air interior Mega-spaces. They form a sequence of shadow-patterned floating gardens that vary over the height of the tower, becoming tighter and denser towards the middle, but more transparent and open at the base and towards the top of the tower.
The Sightseeing and TV tower is due to be completed in 2010 when Guangzhou will be the host-city to the Asian Games. The tower is hoped to attract 10.000 visitors daily.