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Foster's CITIC bank headquarters takes shape

[First look] Work has started on CITIC Bank’s new headquarters in Hangzhou, China - a 100m-tall skyscraper designed by Foster + Partners

The completed tower will feature a 30m-high A-frame canopy stretching 72m across the ground floor, and a diamond-shaped atrium rising through the 20-storey building.

Tiered sky-gardens will line the upper floors and a winter garden will be built at the top of the building.

Sustainable features include natural ventilation for part of the year and recycled grey water. Local materials are being used where possible in the construction process.

The tower is being built in a new central business district next to the Qian Jiang River.

David Nelson, head of design at Foster & Partners, said: ‘The tower has a prominent location in Hangzhou, next to one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

‘Our challenge has been to create a new building, which harmonises with its surroundings, yet has its own integrity and presence.’

The architect’s view:

The tower is characterised by a striking geometric form – the facade is pulled inwards near the base to form a symmetrical V-shape across the south-facing elevation.
Wrapped in a bronze-coloured diagrid lattice, the floor plates widen as the tower rises, expanding to provide panoramic views of the river and the surrounding public plaza.

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