Friday, December 11, 2009

Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower

Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower is a tower currently under construction near Chigang Pagoda, Haizhu District, Guangzhou, China. It is due to be completed at the end of 2009, in order to be fully operational for the 2010 Asian Games.

The TV & Sightseeing Tower is the first significant XL project designed by the Dutch architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit. Their company Information Based Architecture, based in Amsterdam is at the forefront of architectural design creating innovative and highly artistic architecture using the state of the Art technologies and materials.

The practice collaborated with Arup, the global design and business consulting firm headquartered in London, UK. The design was awarded first prize in a competition that was also joined by, among others, Coop Himmelblau, Richard Rogers Partnership, Cannon and KPF. In 2004 the IBA - Arup team in Amsterdam developed the concept design. In later stages IBA cooperated mainly with the local Chinese offices of Arup and a Local Design Institute. The tower is due to be completed in the beginning of 2010.

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