Atkins has completed its designs for China Communications Construction Company's (CCCC) Window of Guangzhou office development, which will be built in Guangzhou in the Guangdong province of China.
In April, CCCC signed a memorandum of understanding with Atkins for complete architectural services, including preliminary designing of the new project, which is Atkins' first venture with the company.
The Window of Guangzhou project will involve the construction of three separate buildings offering high-end office space.
Among the three buildings, two will resemble floating windows and the third will stand upright at 208m tall. When viewed from a distance, the buildings will read '001', representing Guangzhou as the first Chinese city to open for international trading in ancient days.
CCCC project director Shu Guang said: "Atkins' design concept demonstrates the importance of Guangzhou as a gateway to China for the world.
"The window-shaped buildings promote the city's image as an important location for China's import and export business."
Atkins senior design director KY Cheung said: "Our design provides a dramatic visual impact, ensuring that the breathtaking view of the Zhujiang River is maximised for the occupants and the community behind the project as well.
"We incorporated green architecture design principles such as solar shading and air flow through the buildings to provide shelter from sun and rain typical in this hot and humid part of southern China."
Guangzhou has been hosting the China Import and Export Fair every year since 1957 and has the largest distribution of overseas buyers and revenue generation in China.
Image: Birds eye view of the Window of Guangzhou in Guangdong Province of China. Photo: courtesy of Atkins.