gmp, the studio of architects von Gerkan, Marg and Partners, has won the second phase in the competition for construction of Nanjing Financial City II, a key area in the Hexi New Town expansion on the city of Nanjing in China, and has also been appointed to design the first phase in the project.
The new financial centre will stand to the southwest of the city centre, in an important location connecting the two most important traffic arteries in the new expansion. The architects proposed construction of five skyscrapers between 157 and 415 metres high, incorporating references to historic Nanjing in their project.
They drew their inspiration from a historic monument in the city, its 14th century walls, considered the world's longest remaining stretch of medieval city walls (35 km). The project appears futuristic on first sight, in view of the height of the buildings. But on closer examination, it becomes apparent that the stone base of the complex, and therefore the areas that will be frequented by pedestrians, are designed on a human scale, with little squares and laneways recalling the historic city. A city within a city, flanked by five towers, with quality urban spaces built on a human scale to give the new neighbourhood an identity of its own.
Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Marc Ziemons
Project leader, competition Jan Blasko
Design team, phase I of competition Peter Brändle, Cai Lei, Nicole Flores, Dominika Gnatowicz, Matthias Heck, Tim Leimbrock, Pan Mei, Philipp Schneider, Yiping Tang, Murat Aras
Design team, phase II of competition Tim Leimbrock, Thorben Oelke, Pan Mei, Yiping Tang
Landscape architecture WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Client Nanjing Financial City Construction Development Stock Limited Company
GFA 786,000 m²
Location Nanjing, China
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