GEMDALE TOWER     Shenzhen, China  |  Under construction

Role: Architectural Designer

Participated in design of structural bracing pattern, shading elements, and lobby of 34-story entrance to the Gangxia District. Drafted drawings and renderings towards a 100% SD package submitted in 2013.

With Skidmore, Owings, & Merrill LLP

 

Structure as Sculpture

 The facade takes on the inspiration from traditional Chinese garden screens by manipulating regular components of diagonals, verticals and horizontals into a unique design configuration.

Tall white steel columns standing on a 6m grid provide the scaffold for the structural facade. Alternative every other floor and every other bay, the concrete slabs are extended to give lateral support between the columns. Diagonal bracing elegantly transfers loads into the footing.

Tall white steel columns standing on a 6m grid provide the scaffold for the structural facade. Alternative every other floor and every other bay, the concrete slabs are extended to give lateral support between the columns. Diagonal bracing elegantly transfers loads into the footing.

Working together like a tube, the perimeter braced frames provide lateral stability as well as additional torsional resistance and improve the global behavior of the structural system.

Working together like a tube, the perimeter braced frames provide lateral stability as well as additional torsional resistance and improve the global behavior of the structural system.

 

Designing a Memorable Lobby

Leading up to the three final lobby schemes, our team produced dozens of lobby designs, all varying slightly in materiality, ceiling installations, sizing of elements, lighting, and furniture. In addition to conceptualizing and modeling the designs, rendered each scene for our team to comparatively assess which design was best suited for the space.  Below are a select collection of unused lobby designs from the exploration.  

 

Iterations Through Rendering

Leading up to the three final lobby schemes, our team produced dozens of lobby designs, all varying slightly in materiality, ceiling installations, sizing of elements, lighting, and furniture. In addition to conceptualizing and modeling the designs, rendered each scene for our team to comparatively assess which design was best suited for the space.  Below are a select collection of unused lobby designs from the exploration.