Nanjing Financial City II Masterplan

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Nanjing Financial City II Masterplan

Nanjing Tower Block Complex, Jiangsu Province – design by von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)

page updated 24 Aug 2016

Nanjing Financial City II Master Plan

gmp wins competition for Nanjing Financial City II

Design: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)

Commission for key project in the Hexi New Town expansion area

The architects practice gmp has won the competition for Nanjing Financial City II and has been commissioned to produce the master plan and the design for the first development stage. The design for the large-scale financial center is based on intricate detail and references to Nanjing’s historic city structure.

Nanjing Financial City II
Development next to the Central Business District axis © cube-viz

After its successful participation in the competition for the design of “Nanjing Financial City – Phase II” von Gerkan, Marg and Partners has been commissioned with the design of the first of two development stages of the new finance and business center. The site of “Nanjing Financial City – Phase II” lies to the south-west of Nanjing’s inner city next to the trade exhibition grounds, and is the key project for linking two urban axes in Nanjing’s expansion area Hexi New Town. The Hamburg architects were already successful with their design for the first phase of “Nanjing Financial City”, which is now under construction.

Nanjing Financial City II
Master plan ©gmp

For phase II of Nanjing Financial City, gmp Architects propose an ensemble of five high-rise buildings with heights of between 157 m and 415 m. The idea is to create a business district with an unmistakable urban quality and its own identity. The master plan produced by the practice provides a 415 m high tower block directly at the crossing point of the “Youth Olympic Club” axis and the “Central Business District” axis, which will create a landmark with a strong recognition effect. The 65,000 sqm site will be developed into an urban quarter with mixed uses, including offices in combination with an upmarket infrastructure for numerous conference and meeting facilities, as well as serviced apartments and shops.

Nanjing Financial City II
View of „Youth Olympic Club“ axis © cube-viz

The green axis, which runs from north to south and crosses the completed Central Business District and both development sites of Nanjing Financial City, divides the overall site of phase II of Nanjing Financial City into three parts. On the two outer development sites, the architects are planning high-rise buildings in line with the road layout and the specified building lines; the western of the two sites is currently being designed. The third area is part of the crossing green axis, creating a breathing canyon in the midst of the high-density high-rise building structure.

This green canyon – with its squares, sunken courtyards, and landscaped areas – will become an integrated part of the retail zone. This area has the benefit of spectacular vistas to the surrounding architecture, and the quarter is connected to its neighborhood via pedestrian bridges.

Nanjing Financial City II
Urban ensemble seen from the south-west © cube-viz

In order to provide a structure to the overall building volume with its 500,000 m² of net floor area above ground, the architects use joints to divide the building façades. Vertical recesses define the outer shape of the buildings, and horizontal inserts define the functional uses.

Four-story structures form the plinths of the outer towers. In the interiors of the respective parts of the site, these plinth buildings are supplemented by three-story retail developments with a small-scale structure. Perforated façades of natural stone slabs in the lanes and squares generated between these buildings create a pedestrian-friendly and familiar atmosphere of a scale that is reminiscent of historic inner cities.

Nanjing Financial City II
Stone plinth with high-rise buildings above © cube-viz

This internal structure is rounded off with market squares in each development site. The plinth level is dedicated to pedestrians and open-air shopping, and creates a deliberate contrast to the classic indoor shopping mall. It is not only joints that separate the retail area from offices, hotel and serviced apartment areas in the tower blocks. The business world, which can be seen by pedestrians in the “inner city” by looking up, is characterized by transparent, vertically structured steel/glass façades that contrast with the plinths. The public areas for shopping, dining, and strolling almost seem to belong to a different era, while the business façades of the towers above reflect state-of-the-art modern high-rise architecture.

Nanjing Financial City II
Skyline Nanjing Financial City II © cube-viz

Even though the new high-rise quarter appears very modern, even futuristic, at first sight, the design was nevertheless inspired by a local and historic building monument – Nanjing’s city wall, dating from the 14th century which, with its length of 35 km and conspicuous city gates, is considered the longest city wall still standing in the world today. The stone plinth of the ensemble which, with its small-scale squares and lanes is reminiscent of the historic inner city, and which, like the city wall, can be accessed on foot at a higher level, seems to adopt the principle of “city wall” in a modern form and at a different level of scale. Planted roof areas as “fifth façades” and recesses in the towers provide numerous viewing points analogous to the structure of the ramparts. This modern “city in the city” is flanked by the five towers.

Nanjing Financial City II
Shopping lane with natural stone façade © Gärtner Christ

The architects’ search for the specific character of the place and the city of Nanjing is the base for creating familiar exterior spaces with urban qualities at a human scale in this newly developed area, which gives this city quarter its own identity.

Nanjing Financial City II
View of plaza with sunken garden © Gärtner Christ

Nanjing Tower Complex – Building Information

Design Meinhard von Gerkan and Nikolaus Goetze with Marc Ziemons
Project leader, competition Jan Blasko
Design team, phase I of competition Peter Brändle, Cai Lei, Nicole Flores, Dominika Gnatowicz,
Matthias Heck, Tim Leimbrock, Pan Mei, Philipp Schneider, Yiping Tang, Murat Aras
Design team, phase II of competition Tim Leimbrock, Thorben Oelke, Pan Mei, Yiping Tang
Landscape architecture WES LandschaftsArchitektur
Client Nanjing Financial City Construction Development Stock Limited Company
GFA 786,000 m²

Skyline Nanjing Financial City II ©cube-viz
Shopping lane with natural stone façade ©Gärtner Christ

View of plaza with sunken garden ©Gärtner Christ
Urban ensemble seen from the south-west ©cube-viz
View of „Youth Olympic Club“ axis ©cube-viz
Development next to the Central Business District axis ©cube-viz
Stone plinth with high-rise buildings above ©cube-viz

von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)

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First prize and commissioning of Tower block complex of ten buildings in Nanjing, China
Design: von Gerkan, Marg and Partners (gmp)

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