Riviera TwinStar Square, Shanghai, China, 2007 — 2011


Client: China State Shipping Corporation
and CITIC Pacific Group
Architect: Arquitectonica
Associate Architect: ECADI
Structural Engineer: Arup
Location: 9-99 Yincheng Road, Pudong, Shanghai, China
Official Name: Riviera TwinStar Square
Alternative name: Agricultural Bank of China
Primary Use: Offices
Architectural Height: 216 meters
Area: 260,000 m²
Type: Hybrid Architecture
Architectural Style: Sustainable Architecture (Eco-tech)
Images: © Rogan Coles, Website
Drawings: © Arquitectonica, Website

Located at the northern end of the new financial district of Pudong, Shanghai, China, not far from the Oriental Pearl Tower, the new twin towers Riviera TwinStar Square design-renowned Arquitectonica study, stand at the foot of stunning Huangpu River, the end of a huge promenade on which they are integrated.

A suspended walkway, at a higher level to the grade of the street, connects two towers and buildings to prevent a possible flood, so prevalent in this geographical area asiatica.

The highlight of this exciting project with hybrid type are undoubtedly the characteristics curves of two of its facades, which face each other, complement each other and form an important balance through the empty space between them.

The structural system of each tower comprises a perimeter frame pillars and core services, very common in this type of high-rise buildings.

The beautiful curvature has been possible to carry out thanks to the pillars bent to shape to the facade, however, the floors have a higher flight on line perimeter reinforced concrete columns at the beginning and end of each tower .

Each building has all its walls completely flat, except that which is at odds with its twin-tower, which offers the majestic curve gives his trademark and that the difference of the buildings immediately surrounding them.

All the materials of the facade have been brought from China and are entirely recyclable. For the coating of different curtain wall facades have been the use of glass panels type high performance Low-E coated solar control, providing an important thermal and acoustic insulation that facilitates the entry of natural light with energy saving lighting and air conditioning.

The glass facade is set by purely decorative profiles of natural stone and aluminum plates that give the work the local aspect, the street-level view of drawing up these profiles as they rise give the work a dynamic and changing, both modern and edgy.

Both towers of 50 floors each and are symmetrical to each other, are related and are the headquarters offices of two different banks, the work offers a beautiful picture that mimics the vernacular China bamboo buildings at half height thin , thus reducing floor area.

The majestic twin towers of Shanghai were nominated by the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat to become the Best Tall Building in Asia and Australasia 2011 that eventually won the Guangzhou International Finance Center, designed by the architectural firm Wilkinson Eyre English.

The beautiful Riviera TwinStar Square towers 1 and 2 make new gateway to the city skyline in Shanghai have become very short time in an authentic architectural icon for the city. For all its innovations, the towers have become an ecological and sustainable work and respecting the environment that surrounds them.

The facades facing interior corners are lit at night to emphasize the distinctive shape and the monumental scale of the space that separates them; "its symmetry transmits memories of sailing ships were launched once in place, and now are relocated to the Shanghai Shipyard."

Other important information:

Proposal: 2006
Home construction: 2007
End construction: 2011
Structure: Reinforced concrete
Status: Completed
Architectural Height: 215.85 meters
Height of the highest occupied floor: 202.60 meters
Floors above ground: 49
Underground floors: 4
Number of lifts: 11
Global Rank: 450 in the world
Regional Ranking: 217 highest in Asia (excluding Middle East)
Ranking of the city: Shanghai 27 higher


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