The VC&PE Tower creates a new perspective on the city of Shenzhen. It forms the most visually distinctive landmark tower within the Nanshan district, a newly developing entrepreneurial zone. It acknowledges the city’s past, its cultural heritage while projecting its future. It defines a gateway between the past and present, between Binhai Road, one of the major east-west artery linking Shenzhen and its western corridors, and the newly planned road, Keyuan road. Standing at 202 meters high, the VC-PE tower is situated within the overall master plan forming a clear and coordinated office park district dedicated to supporting start-ups and creative ventures. The tower features 6 level high communal vertical sky gardens that “wrap” around the corners of the tower.
Our objective was to eliminate imposing elements such as interior structural columns to free up net leasable space and offer total flexibility. In response, the unique feature of the VC-PE tower lies in its visual and functional skin. The diagrid structural system allows for the primary support to be pushed out towards the exterior skin thereby freeing up the interior space. In turn, the efficiency of the diagrid becomes the visual identity of the tower.