[First look] Chetwoods has revealed ambitious plans for two 1 kilometre-high towers in Wuhan, central China
The £1.2 billion Phoenix Towers project for developer HuaYan Group aims to emphasise Chinese identity by adopting a ‘new style of architecture’.
According to the practice, the design reflects dualist elements of Chinese culture and is based on the traditional phoenix symbol of two birds – Feng and Huang.
The seven hectare plan is also based on the Yin-Yang which represents represent perfectly balanced union.
Planned to complete in 2018, Phoenix Towers will occupy a 47 hectare site situated on an island in a lake.
The scheme – which is at the end of a 3 kilometre-long avenue – is one of four masterplans Chetwoods is developing with the developer in the region.
Three large spheres representing the plants will be suspended between the towers. The structures will house celestial-themed restaurants accessed via ‘skywalks’ from the towers.
The bigger skyscraper will also feature the world’s tallest kaleidoscope driven by a wind turbine.
Environment features such as photovoltaic cladding, bio-dynamic pollution absorbing coatings and thermal chimneys will also be included. The development is expected to generate its own power and supply energy to the local community.
The skyscrapers are also designed to filter polluted air and improve local water quality.