Architects design cloud-shaped skyscraper in China

16 September 2014 (Last Updated September 16th, 2014 18:30)

A new cloud-shaped skyscraper Cloud Citizen has received the highest prize in the skyscraper competition Shenzhen Bay Super City.

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A new cloud-shaped skyscraper Cloud Citizen has received the highest prize in the skyscraper competition Shenzhen Bay Super City.

The futuristic project was designed by Urban Future Organization and CR-Design in Shenzhen, China, in collaboration with a team of experts from Chalmers Technical University in Sweden.

Proposed for the Shenzhen Bay area across from Hong Kong, the master plan of the new 170ha financial city district includes three mixed-use towers, several cultural buildings and a landscape connecting the district to the surrounding city.

Each of the three towers will be 680m, 580m and 480m in height.

The proposed structures of the Cloud Citizen will have space for office, commercial, leisure and cultural activities.

"The structure will harvest rainwater, produce power from the sun, wind and algaes...and provide sanctuaries for wild plants and food production modules."

In addition, the structure will harvest rainwater, produce power from the sun, wind and algaes, store carbon and filters particles from the air and provide sanctuaries for wild plants and food production modules.

Chalmers said in a statement: "Cloud Citizen is as much a strategy for how to build future cities capable of giving back more to the environment than they cost, as it is a singular iconographic mega building complex with an identifiable and striking skyline giving character and hope to the vision of a greener future enabled by human enterprise.

"The proposed design should be a new iconic financial district for Shenzhen making the city part of the league of cities including La Defence Paris, Canary Wharf London, ECB Frankfurt Area and the Presnensky District in Moscow.

"The new interconnected district acts as the next step in the development of the Shenzhen Bay Ring area from a production oriented city to a modern service oriented, high-tech, innovative green city."


Image: An artist's rendering of the cloud-shaped skyscraper, Cloud Citizen, in Shenzhen. Photo: courtesy of Chalmers University of Technology.