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November 17, 2016

Zaha Hadid-designed Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza breaks ground in China

Shangri-La Hotels and Resorts will open two new hotels in the Jiangsu Province in China by 2012. The two hotels will join group's existing six hotels in Yangtze river delta. The 670-room Shangri-La Hotel Nanjing will feature a 25m indoor pool and spa facilities, meeting space

Designed by Zaha Hadid Architects, Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza has broken ground in China.

The 167,000m2 building will have eight storeys designed as a series of infinite rings to enhance connectivity and the project’s layout will resemble the symbol for infinity.

All departments in the Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza are arranged around central atria and courtyards. The building’s unitised insulated glazing system will allow in natural light, while the aluminium perforated screens will prevent direct solar heat gain and enable rainwater collection.

Using active digital intelligence, the screen’s sensor will monitor weather, energy-use and lighting to reduce energy consumption.

"Zaha Hadid developed the design of Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza with concepts of integration, connectivity and fluidity."

The plaza will also feature connecting internal and external walkways improving communication for all employees, as well as walking and jogging paths and gardens of Chinese herbal plants on the roof.

Zaha Hadid Architects' director for China Satoshi Ohashi said: “Zaha Hadid developed the design of Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza with concepts of integration, connectivity and fluidity.

“This groundbreaking ceremony continues her renowned legacy. LKKHPG has a vision for nurturing better health and wellbeing through their work and important community programmes.

“Zaha translated this vision to create a new workplace environment and corporate culture that fosters openness and communication. The design connects with the city and implements the latest technological solutions and construction methods to create a functional, adaptable and enjoyable workplace.”

Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza will connect to the new Baiyun Central Business District, which will include six new communities planned around Guangzhou’s former Baiyun Airport.

Image: The design of Guangzhou Infinitus Plaza. Photo: courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects.

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