HIFC (HANGZHOU INTERNATIONAL FINANCIAL CENTER)
XAVIER CLARAMUNT, YAGO HARO
Hangzhou will stride from the West Lake Era to the Qiantang River Era. The banks of the river will be the new downtown of a city that has traditionally grown around the famous West Lake.
Binjiang is a modern district on the south-east river bank. Large residential developments threaten to turn the planned new downtown into a soulless dormitory town.
The V towers want to inject new life to the river banks by becoming an icon for the new city.
The size of the requested development and a meticulous study of the functional program seemed to indicate a need for two towers over a commercial podium. However, we tried to distort this conventional layout to propose a more dynamic building.