TAKE A LOOK | A futuristic glass skyscraper shaped like a blooming flower is being built in Hong Kong
- Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for a 36-storey glass tower in Hong Kong inspired by a budding flower.
- Set to open by 2022 on a city block in Hong Kong Central, according to design magazine Dezeen, the tower will serve as an urban oasis.
- Here's an early look at the tower, which will come with tree-filled balconies, an above-ground running track, and rooftop banquet hall.
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Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for 36-storey glass tower inspired by a native Hong Kong flower.
Set to open by 2022, the building will span an entire city block in Central, Hong Kong's financial district.
In 2017, developer Henderson Land purchased the plot for HK $23.3 billion ($3 billion), setting a sale record at the time. A parking lot currently sits on the land.
Designed as a multi-purpose urban oasis, the Zaha Hadid tower will connect to the city's network of elevated pedestrian walkways.
The main level of the building will be elevated above the ground to align with the pathways.
On the ground level, courtyards and gardens will merge into adjacent public parks.
Tree-filled balconies and an outdoor space with a running track will offer visitors respite throughout the day ...
... and a banquet hall on the the top floor will boast bird's-eye views of the surrounding city.
Zaha Hadid Architects modeled the skyscraper after the native Hong Kong orchid tree featured on the country's flag.
"The design reinterprets the structural forms and layering of a Bauhinia bud about to blossom," the studio said in a press release.
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