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John Portman & Associates Awarded New High Rise Project In China

Wednesday, November 07, 2012
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John Portman & Associates (PORTMAN) has been selected to design Tianlong Fortune Center, the first super tall skyscraper tower in Nanning, with a height of 1,312 feet (400 meters). The architectural design competition was led by developer Guangxi Wei Zhuang Real Estate Co., Ltd., and the Nanning Planning Bureau.

Located in the tropical southern portion of China, Nanning is the capital city of Guangxi province and serves as a regional leader in promoting unity among its neighbors in the Association of Southeast Asian Nations (ASEAN). Nanning has also hosted the annual China ASEAN Summit in previous years. This building will provide a new headquarters for member companies of the ASEAN Association. Envisioned as a finance and trade center that will be home to various banks and financial consultants, the tower will help spur the economic growth of Nanning and enhance the city’s international presence.

Walt Jackson, a Principal and Executive Vice President of John Portman & Associates, has lived in China for nearly 20 years. Based in Shanghai, Jackson understands and appreciates the practical business aspects of design process. He notes, “Our team’s design concept tells a story about the future of Nanning and elevates the city’s visibility as a hub for harmony and regional development. This project reflects our design philosophy which is firmly rooted in the interpretation of basic human needs. We have weaved sensory elements into the Tianlong Fortune Center to create an experiential environment for the people who use the space.”

The upper portion of the tower includes a five-star atrium hotel while floors immediately above the hotel provide an exclusive executive club and destination restaurant. The level below the hotel lobby will feature a hotel’s fitness center, pool, restaurant, business center and other amenities. The remainder of the tower is office space.

The lure of the views from the super tall tower will attract visitors to the site. A special observation complex providing a 360-degree view of the surrounding area features two major levels, one enclosed and another open to the sky in a rooftop garden. A full complement of visitor and tourist facilities will be available at the sky deck, including a gift shop and café.

In addition to the tower, the project includes a podium building connected to the tower via a dynamic glass “mixing box.” Anchored at each corner by banking halls, the eight-story podium building also contains restaurant, retail, fitness, entertainment and conference facilities, and features a roof top garden.

As the goal for this project was to create a unique and powerful symbol for Nanning, the architects created a simple compelling form that would be instantly recognizable all over the world. The high-profile project is to be located along Minzu Boulevard, the primary east-west corridor into Nanning’s central business district. Its unique form begins with a square base that widens out into an octagon in the middle, before elegantly tapering back into a square plan at the top. The glass facets created by the tower’s sculptural form symbolically reflect ASEAN’s logo, which depicts a bundle of harvested rice tied in the middle.

PORTMAN has worked in China for more than 30 years and has designed a number of most prominent landmarks in Shanghai and Beijing as well as in second and third tier cities. Notable projects include Shanghai Center, Beijing Yintai Center, and Hyatt Regency Hangzhou.

About John Portman & Associates (PORTMAN)
John Portman & Associates, Inc. (PORTMAN) is an internationally renowned architectural design firm with offices in Atlanta, Georgia and Shanghai, China. Established in 1953, PORTMAN has nearly 60 years of expertise in designing offices, hotels, universities, trade marts, and mixed-use urban complexes. The firm’s architecture transcends national borders by striving for universal human appeal, delivering a memorable experience for users and a sound investment for owners and operators. PORTMAN projects can be seen in more than 60 cities worldwide. For more information on John Portman & Associates, please visit www.portmanusa.com and follow the company on Twitter via @JPortmanAssoc.

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