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This Pair Of Skyscrapers In China Is Joined To Each Other Using Bridges

You might think that the design of iCarbonX Headquarters is among those ambitious concepts that end up staying on the drawing board. It features two skyscrapers that are joined with bridges that are filled with greenery. But you would be assuming wrong for the iCarbonX Headquarters is all set for construction this year.

The iCarbonX Headquarters has been designed by Steven Holl Architects and is the winner of an architecture competition and will host a genome machine intelligence company of the same name in Shenzhen, China. This is not the first rodeo of Shenzhen with skyscrapers; it already has multiple high-profile skyscrapers in it including KPF’s China Resources Tower and BIG’s Shenzhen Energy Mansion.

The smaller cylindrical tower will feature residential space and will end up rising to a height of 150 meters. Whereas, the taller building featuring the curved façade will be 200 meters tall and will house offices, laboratories, and public reception spaces. As per Steven Holl Architects, the overall appearance of the structure has been inspired by DNA and genes.

Both of the skyscrapers will be connected using four bridges in total. The unique feature of these bridges is that they will be filled with greenery. According to the designs, the interior of the buildings will also feature greenery. The upper two bridges are slated to house cafes, a gym, and a swimming pool whereas the lower two bridges are to house outreach spaces, a clinic, meeting spaces, and galleries. There are also plans for installing a water feature that will make use of recycled water on the ground.

Steven Holl Architects said, ‘A curtain wall of fritted glass with varying translucencies provides tailored shade to the building’s exposures and light conditions. Curvilinear geometry shapes the ground-level public space with water gardens and a central recycled-water ‘Pool of Knowledge.’ The public space is partially embedded in the ground, and the pool’s continuously circulating water masks the sounds of the city, creating a peaceful, protected space.’

There is no news though about the completion of iCarbonX Headquarters.