Suzhou Agricultural Bank Building
Known for its waterways and canals, Suzhou is often called â€śthe Venice of the East.â€ť Suzhou is both an historic and cultural city experiencing a rebirth at the time of the project. The Suzhou Industrial Park, east of the old city, was created by the Chinese and Singaporean governments as a high-tech development zone to attract potential investors.
The project is actually four buildings â€“ two towers of 16 and 12 stories and two mid-rise buildings of four and six stories, each individually expressed.Â A central north-south atrium provides the primary access to all four buildings; a minor east – west axis is offset.Â A pedestrian arcade encircles the buildings and two subterranean parking levels provide 120 spaces of parking.
The â€śying and yangâ€ť emerges from the placement of the buildings, their diametrical curves and the use of materials.Â The high-rise towers of metal and glass occupy opposite corners of the site; their contrasting convex curvatureÂ provides harmony and balance. The towers are capped by metal and glass â€ścrownsâ€ť â€“ each complementing the otherÂ and unique in its own form. The Agricultural Bank was slated to occupy the 16-story tower while the 12-story building was designed for the national and local tax authorities and project developers.
The rectangular mid-rise buildings, planned to use granite and glass as their primary faĂ§ade, provide a counter-balance to the towers. These buildings provide space for retail, commercial and residential uses. A hotel and restaurant were planned to occupy the 4-story building, while the 6-story building was designed to offer apartments and retail space.
- Site Planning
- Space Planning
- Architectural Design