Wuhan Taikang Financial Centre by Zaha Hadid Architects below-ground works complete

The new Taikang Financial Centre will be a centre of excellence, collaborating with leading civic, academic and corporate institutions to develop effective systems and networks that will provide a new ecosystem of support for people of all ages across China.

With the digital support and technologies developed in Wuhan, the group continues its commitment to community development, healthcare, education and wellbeing throughout the country.

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Informed by Wuhan’s position as a central hub of China’s transport networks, Taikang Financial Centre’s design is a circular composition of three interconnected towers within the Hankou Riverside Business District urban masterplan that integrates the Yangtze River parklands and wetlands to the east and the city’s new Central Park to the south.

These new public areas of nature are integral to Wuhan’s Sponge City Programme that enables the natural storage and infiltration of rainwater to slow its release and aid flood prevention while also facilitating its reuse.

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With an adjacent station on Line 1 of the city’s metro network, the centre’s Tower One (52 floors) faces the city while Tower Two (47 floors) faces the river and Tower Three (50 floors) offers views of the park. Shops and restaurants at ground and lobby levels surround the garden courtyard that extends vertically as an urban canyon between the three towers.

Further public spaces and amenities are located on skybridges connecting the towers at higher floors that includes the rooftop garden terrace providing panoramic views across the city and Yangtze River valley. Incorporating offices, apartments, hotel, shopping and dining amenities together with cultural and recreational facilities, the centre will house over 20,000 people throughout each day.

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An integrated vertical community alongside the city’s new Central Park and riverfront wetlands. Moving upwards from the shared central courtyards at ground level to the centre’s skybridge terraces and rooftop gardens that surround its central canyon, the design creates a kaleidoscope of the city in a series of interwoven public spaces over many levels.

Targeting LEED Gold certification from the US Green Building Council, the circular composition of the Taikang Financial Centre’s three towers provides self-shading throughout the day. External fins with a tapered profiles extend from each glazing mullion for additional façade shading whilst maintaining unobstructed views of the city.

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The centre’s high-performance envelope ensures natural daylighting throughout each floor while reducing the centre’s heating and cooling requirements. MEP systems have also designed to reduce emissions and energy consumption via smart monitoring and control systems using high-efficiency pumps, fans, boilers and chillers as well as waste heat recovery from the exhaust air.

Water consumption is reduced with low flow-rate fixtures and the planting of native droughttolerant vegetation while the development’s rainwater management system is integrated within the district’s sponge city programme. Source by Zaha Hadid Architects.

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Location: Wuhan, China

Architect: Zaha Hadid Architects

Design Principal: Patrik Schumacher

ZHA Project Director: Satoshi Ohashi

ZHA Project Associate Director: Yang Jingwen, StephaneVallotton

ZHA Project Associates: Martin Pfleger, Di Ding

ZHA Project Architect: Sebastian Andia

ZHA Project Lead: Xiaoyu Zhang

ZHA Project Team: Zheng Xu, Shaofei, Zhang, Xuan Zhao, Yuchao Zhang, Pengcheng Gu, Othmane Kandri, Alejandro Garcia Gadea, Armando Solano, Branko Svarcer, Carolina Lopez-Blanco, Catherine McCann, Christian Lindvang Samsoe, Congyue Wang, Dennis Schiaroli, Dimitris Kolonis, Erwan Gallou, Frenji Koshy, Houzhe Xu, Jung Yeon Kwak, Lenka Petrakova, Li Jin, Lida Zhang, Meng Zhao, Pelayo Bustillo Macias, Tomasz Starczewski, Xiujing Wang, Yevgeniya Pozigun, Ying Xia, Yuan Feng, Zohra Rougab

Architect of record: CABR

Structural engineer: CABR

MEP engineer: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Vertical transportation consultant: Parsons Brinckerhoff

Façade engineer: KT

Environmental consultant: ARUP

Fire consultant: ARUP

Client: Taikang Wuhan

Size: 214, 206 m2

Year: 2023

Images: Courtesy of Zaha Hadid Architects

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