Chinese Eco-City Features Bio-Diverse Tower

The 90,000-square-foot, 665-foot-tall Tian Fang Tower is projected to generate as much as 20 percent of its clean energy with the help of a combination of fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines. Billed as one of China's most advanced sustainable commercial buildings, it is located in the Tianjin Eco-City development.

March 28, 2011
By Veronica Grecu, Associate Editor

Taking inspiration from the shape and growth of a bamboo forest, Tianjin Real Estate Development and Management Group Ltd. is developing a new mixed-use building for China’s Tianjin Eco-City near the city of Tianjin. The 90,000-square-foot, 656-foot-tall property was designed by Kevin Kennon Architects and will serve as an office tower and luxury shopping center when completed in 2013.

Known as the Tian Fang Tower, the building is projected to generate as much as 20 percent of its clean energy with the help of a combination of fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines. As compared to a similar fully occupied mixed-use building, the tower is expected to rely only 60 percent on the grid. It is being billed as one of China’s most advanced sustainable commercial buildings.

According to Kevin Kennon Architects president & design principal Kevin Kennon, the goal of the project is to act as a catalyst for green design in China. Its design strategies include green space and natural light via approximately 50 atriums, along with natural convection climate control methods. Additionally, the building’s angled roofs have different orientations to the sun to provide solar power.

The tower is based on a 46-square-foot module and features more corners than the average office building, providing prime real estate in corner offices. Restaurants and retail will be housed on the first floor.

Tianjin Eco-City is a 30-square-kilometer development designed to display and promote the newest green technologies and to serve as a model for developing Chinese cities. It is located adjacent to an Economic Development Area and is the result of a joint development between the China Academy of Urban Planning and Design, the Tianjin Urban Planning and Design Institute and the Singapore planning team led by the Urban Redevelopment Authority of Singapore.