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Arup and IBA do the twist on Chinese tower shortlist

A collaborative team of Information Based Architecture (IBA) and Arup has been shortlisted in a competition to design a high-quality sightseeing and television tower in the Chinese city of Guangzhou.

The 560m-tall tower - which is proposed as a climatic theme park - will consist of a twisted tube-like steel structure, arranged over an elliptical surface. The scheme is located within a 56.6ha masterplan that includes a 17.9ha park, a new civic square, retail facilities, offices, a television centre and a hotel. IBA is a young Dutch-based practice that was originally set up in London in 1998.

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