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Paul Davis + Partners designs Nanjing tower

London-based Paul Davis + Partners has secured a mixed-use tower scheme in Nanjing

The firm’s 14-storey La Vita project is the first phase of a broader development in the centre of the Chinese city. The next two phases of the development will include a 25-storey building and a 300m-tall tower.

Designed for client Accurate International Land, the building will include three floors of retail space plus 11 levels of luxury apartments and clubhouse facilities.

Paul Davis + Partners has designed a glass façade using a network of steel and aluminium fins.

An ‘innovative’ chilled beam cooling system will be used and, according to the practice, the project aims ‘to encapsulate the spirit of the city’, and spur the regeneration of its central business district.

The scheme recently started on site and is due for completion in mid-2015.

Dave Hoggard, partner at the Hong Kong office of Paul Davis + Partners.

Where in main land China have you worked before?
Hong Kong, Macau, Tianjin, Shanghai, Guandong Province, Beijing, Ningbo, Nanjing.

How is the Hong Kong office getting on, what are its ambitions this year?
The office is buzzing. We are working on other urban design, residential and retail project. We are completing several projects this year and taking a few important projects on site.

Do you hope to win more of this type of mixed-use work in China?
We are currently working on other mixed-used schemes following strong growth and redevelopment in certain areas of China and are keen to incorporate innovative technologies and sustainability into our projects in the future.

China allows us the opportunity to take part in master-planning and developing buildings of a larger scale than in Hong Kong. Each of the cities has its own character so the challenges are always different. The clients are open-minded and keen to explore new and innovative ideas.

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