Horizontal Skyscraper - Vanke Center

Hovering over a tropical garden, this ‘horizontal skyscraper’ – as long as the Empire State Building is tall - unites into one vision the headquarters for Vanke Co. ltd, office spaces, apartments, and a hotel. A conference center, spa and parking are located under the large green, public landscape. Renewable energy such as solar power and geothermal cooling are among the key issues implemented in this project, resulting in a LEED platinum rating - one of the first in Southern China.

Eight building elevator cores elevate the structure to a tsunami-proof height. At night they glow from within, making the horizontal skyscraper appear to float in space, while serving as giant lanterns for the landscape and pedestrian circulation. L’O scope also included the interior lighting of conference center auditorium and offices, as well as the public plaza and landscape lighting. 

Watercolor by Steven Holl

Location Shenzhen, China
Date Completed 2009
Architect Steven Holl Architects
Client Shenzhen Vanke Real Estate Co. Ltd
Type Mixed Use Offices + Workplace
size1,296,459 ft2 / 120,000 m2
Status Built

L'Observatoire Intl Team
Principal Hervé Descottes
Project Leader Jason Neches