Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Taikang Financial Center integrates offices, apartments, hotels, shopping, and catering facilities, as well as cultural and entertainment facilities, and can accommodate more than 20,000 people per day; it can be described as a comprehensive vertical community directly connected to the city’s new central park and riverside wetlands.
Considering Wuhan’s important position as the central hub of China’s transportation network, the design of Taikang Financial Center adopts a circular plan, consisting of three interconnected towers in the urban master plan of Hankou Riverside Business District. The Yangtze River Park and wetland in the east of the site and the city’s new central park in the south are integrated. These new natural public areas are an integral part of Wuhan’s sponge city plan, which can store and filter stormwater in a natural way, slow down stormwater discharge, prevent flooding, and promote water reuse.
Building 1 (52 floors) faces the city; Building 2 (47 floors) faces the river; and Building 3 (50 floors) faces the park. Shops and restaurants on the ground and lobby levels are organized around a garden courtyard that extends vertically to form an urban canyon between the three towers. More public spaces and service facilities are located on the bridge connecting the high-rise towers, including roof gardens and terraces, which provide people with a panoramic view of the city and the Yangtze River.
Aiming at the LEED Gold certification of the US Green Building Council, the three circular towers of Taikang Financial Center all adopt an all-weather self-shading system. Exterior fins with tapered profiles extend from each glass mullion, maintaining unobstructed interior views of the city while providing additional sun shading to the building’s façade. The building’s high-performance envelope ensures natural daylight on each floor while reducing the central energy demand for heating and cooling. The MEP system also reduces carbon emissions and energy consumption by employing intelligent monitoring and control systems including high-efficiency pumps, fans, boilers and coolers, and exhaust heat recovery. In addition, through the use of low-flow water-saving devices and the combination of planting local drought-resistant vegetation species, the total water consumption of the project has also been reduced. At the same time, the development of the stormwater management system in this project also caters to the development needs of the local sponge city plan.
Location: Wuhan, China
Date: 2021 / TBC
Client: Taikang Wuhan
Status: Under Construction
Size: 214, 206m²
Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects
Design Principal: Patrik Schumacher
ZHA Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi
ZHA Project Associate Director: Yang Jingwen, Stephane Vallotton
ZHA Project Associates: Martin Pfleger, Di Ding
ZHA Project Architect: Sebastian Andia
ZHA Project Lead: Xiaoyu Zhang
ZHA Project Team: Zheng Xu, Shaofei Zhang, Xuan Zhao, Yuchao Zhang, Pengcheng Gu, Othmane Kandri, Alejandro Garcia Gadea, Armando Solano, Branko Svarcer, Carolina Lopez-Blanco, Catherine McCann, Christian Lindvang Samsoe, Congyue Wang, Dennis Schiaroli, Dimitris K, Erwan Gallou, Frenji Koshy, Houzhe Xu, Jung Yeon Kwak, Lenka Petrakova, Li Jin, Lida Zhang, Meng Zhao, Pelayo Bustillo Macias, Tomasz Starczewski, Xiujing Wang, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Ying Xia, Yuan Feng, Zohra Rougab
ZHA Competition Project Directors: Satoshi Ohashi, Nils Fischer
ZHA Competition Associates: Ed Gaskin, Jingwen Yang
ZHA Competition Team Lead Designer: Sebastian Andia
ZHA Competition Team: Agata Banaszek, Ashwin Shah, Igor Pantic, Jingwen Yang, Juan Liu, Leo Alves, Mei-Ling Lin, Sai Prateik Bhasgi, Sergiu-Radu Pop, Silviya Barzakova
Design Principal (Interior Architecture): Patrik Schumacher
Project Director (Interior Architecture): Kar-Hwa Ho
Project Associates (Interior Architecture): Bidisha Sinha, Melodie Leung
Project Lead (Interior Architecture): Nailu Chen
Project Team (Interior Architecture): Anna Adebayo, Billy Webb, Boyan Hristov, Enoch Kolo, Haoyang Shi, Jon Krizan, Marco Pavoni, Meysam Ehsanian, Roman Shumsky, Shaofei Zhang, Sonia Renehan
Client: Taikang Wuhan
Architect of record: CABR
Structural engineer: CABR
Environmental consultant: ARUP
Fire consultant: ARUP