Bank of China Tower

Mixed-use Development

Changyuan, Henan province, China

Year: 2014-2015

Status: Concept Design, Schematic Design

Mixed-use Development – 114,000 m²
High rise office tower, Bank of China Branch, retail, hypermarket, cinema, restaurants, conference centre.

The Bank of China Tower is a 180 meter tall high rise and plinth which house a set of varied programs including a Bank of China branch, offices, a cinema, hypermarket, retail, dining, and entertainment.

Departing from research into the evolution of the office typologies over the last 120 years, the design aims to foster highly productive, innovation-inspiring work environments by calibrating the quality and frequency of light, views, shared space and social and visual encounter within the building. Employing a dynamic architectural system of bundled structural tubes which vary in their diameter and spacing at specific heights throughout the tower, a wide range of arrangements of space and void were generated and evaluated using a series of likely programmatic occupancy scenarios. Versions were selected for further refinement, and a single version selected for development based on their ability to allow tenants flexibility of use while simultaneously protecting proven worker productivity-enhancing characteristics throughout the building.

Currently in a Schematic Design phase, the project is an experimental case study for the continued development of a seamless digital design work-flow using custom software written by Urban Systems Office which are integrated with the latest Building Information Modelling (BIM) platforms. This procedure is opening the possibility for us to revolutionise the process of design evolution and production, from concept to construction, by taking advantage of new technologies to achieve complex functional and qualitative ambitions and integrate feedback from the client and consultants.

Design Team:
Jeroen van Ameijde / Brendon Carlin / James Chung / Fernando Ruiz Barberán / Felipe Ignacio Sepulveda Rojas / Pamela Cortez / Miguel Reyna / Kai Yang