Best Tall Building 300-399 meters Award of Excellence: Jumeirah Nanjing Hotel & International Youth Cultural Centre, Nanjing

Guojun Cai
Chief Design Engineer
Nanjing Hexi Engineering Project Management Co., Ltd., Nanjing

Nils Fischer
Associate Director
Zaha Hadid Architects, London

Two Towers Bind Water to Sky

The Jumeirah Nanjing Hotel & Cultural Centre is located on the Yangtze River in Hexi New Town, Nanjing’s new central business district (CBD). The project, occupying a site area of 5.2 hectares, includes a 106,500 square-meter conference center, two towers and the plaza that terminates the CBD’s main axis on the riverfront. The taller of the two towers contains office floors and a five-star hotel. The shorter tower houses a hotel for the conference center on the adjoining plaza. The two towers share a five-level, mixed-use podium.

The natural landscapes of the river are connected to the urban streetscape of the new CBD through the fluid architectural language of the mixed-use podium and conference center. At the interface between tower and podium, the glass façade gradually transforms into a grid of rhomboid fiber-concrete panels, giving the large surfaces of the podium and conference center a solid and sculptural appearance, underlining the dynamic character of the form and providing daylight to the building’s interior.

The project was constructed in only 30 months, using 3D BIM design and construction management to reduce the on-site build time by a year. The project’s balance of design quality and speed of execution relied on parametric software to develop and rationalize the façade geometry.

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