China’s large-scale urban planning initiatives are some of the most aggressive and progressive in the world.
Efficiency and the record breaking timelines in which Chinese developers have delivered these large-scale projects have always been keystones of the country’s industry, but now with the spotlight pointed directly on China in light of a number of workplace accidents alleged to be associated with substandard quality and safety practices, a high standard of workmanship and international collaboration is also becoming a workplace benchmark.
BIG architects are adding the centerpiece to one of China’s more highly anticipated urban planning developments, releasing plans for the $2.35 billion Rose Rock International Finance Centre for multi-faceted design firm SOM’s masterplan for the Tianjin Binhai New Area CBD.
Using the highly acclaimed Rockefeller Centre in New York City as the inspiration for this towering 1,929 foot skyscraper, the architects say it will become a crowning glory in the area, acting as the last puzzle piece that will bring together the financial centre of Northern China.
The building itself is set to be among the tallest in the world. With a central location, the skyscraper will sit among commercial high-rises, historic sites, parks and a highly anticipated high-speed rail station.
The architects explain that the building will be a new ‘centre of gravity’ for the commercially focused city area, adding that it will create an ‘architectural landscape of urban plazas and roof gardens designed to stimulate and cultivate the life between the buildings.’
In true BIG style, there will most assuredly be a strong nod toward environmentalism, keeping in tune with the architecture firm’s goal of practicing and promoting holistic sustainability. While details of the full extent of the building’s green orientation have not yet be confirmed, it would be a surprise – and a disappointment – if the building did not feature an array of environmentally responsible elements, especially considering its large size.
The complete development, including the SOM masterplanned city, s expected to be ready for occupancy come 2025.