Following the initiation of design activities for the first two building plots of a gmp Architekten-designed master plan in Nanjing, architectural work on the third plot has also now begun. The Nanjing Financial City Phase II project will consist of five highrise towers, with the goal of creating a bustling business district with a total of 786,000 square metres of gross floor area.

Nanjing Financial City II, image via gmp Architekten

Positioned to the southwest of the inner city adjacent to the trade exhibition grounds, the development will link two urban axes of the Hexi New Town development with a multi-use program of office space, serviced apartments, and shops. A green axis would dissect the site from north to south, separating the property into two halves. Its two outer areas would be lined with highrise buildings along the roadway, while the other area will host a landscaped canyon of squares and sunken courtyards.

The tallest tower will soar 411 metres from the ground, image via gmp Architekten

The third plot will contain two towers, the tallest capped at a dominating height of 411 metres. A second tower of 245 metres, mainly housing offices, accompanies the soaring mixed-use supertall. Five office units of nine storeys each results from the 186,000 square metres within the lower levels of the highest tower. From levels 61 to 79, 58,000 square metres will be dedicated to a five-star hotel with 250 rooms, and at the very top, the building will accommodate exclusive meeting rooms, bars, and restaurants. On the ground, retail facilities and a foyer for two function rooms prominently greet tenants and visitors.

Nanjing Financial City II, image via gmp Architekten

Horizontal two-storey-high bands that contain special functions like a sky lobby and staff restaurants break up the verticality of the supertall. Various recesses in the building allocate room for roof terraces, highlighting the concept of a vertical city by implementing usable external spaces. The crevices between the buildings will be used for circulation, namely narrow streets and pedestrian squares. 

An aerial overview of the proposed development, image via gmp Architekten

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Related Companies:  gmp Architekten, Nanjing Financial City Construction Development Stock Limited Company