16 Nov 23

Woods Bagot’s iconic projects recognized in 2023 RIBA China Landmark 100

Woods Bagot is proud to announce that two of our projects, the Beijing Sunshine Financial Center and Suzhou Yanlord Cangjie, have been included in the prestigious 2023 RIBA China Landmark 100. 

This honor is bestowed by the Royal Institute of British Architects (RIBA), a globally recognized and longstanding institute dedicated to promoting excellence in design since its founding in 1834. 

The 2023 RIBA China Landmark 100 program aims to spotlight the unique identities of contemporary Chinese urban commercial complexes. It celebrates the rapid growth of Chinese cities and the extraordinary boldness shown in their urban design and architecture. The Landmark 100 is part of a series of activities designed to discover urban landmarks in China and promote these architectural works to different audiences around the world. 

Together with our client Sunshine Insurance and Yanlord Group, we’re proud to have the two collaborative works acknowledged by RIBA and looks forward to continuing contribute to the evolving architectural landscape in China and around the world. 

Rise and Shine – Beijing Sunshine Financial Center 

As the company’s new headquarters and W-B’s third tower for Sunshine Insurance, Woods Bagot’s confident yet subtle Beijing HQ for Sunshine Insurance is the most emblematic and respects its sought-after neighborhood. Located in the core area of Beijing CBD, the 205 meters and 120,000 sqm tower meets the ground as a square, but morphs gradually into an ellipse as it ascends skyward, twisting and tapering on the way up. The architects selected its tapering form for functional, aesthetic, and symbolic reasons, providing its workforce with an environment that promotes wellness, productivity, and collaboration, and is integrated into its community as a People Architecture. 

Harmony of Tradition and Modernity – Suzhou Yanlord Cangjie 

Cangjie isn’t just another retail street; it encompasses luxury retail, public spaces art and culture goes beyond standard retail environment of commercial complexes and invites wider communities and travelers, who crave creative, evolving spaces and facilities. The architectural design is a contemporary reinterpretation of indigenous culture, art and way of life of Suzhou. The old and new organically integrated through layout and a nuanced design language that honors and advances the area’s rich heritage. With its high-end tenants, the complex will revitalize the commercial landscape of the ancient city and contributes to Suzhou’s transformation into an international destination.


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