A collaborative design effort between the Woods Bagot San Francisco and Beijing studios, the Changsha A9 Xiangjiang FFC development officially topped off two of the four towers (Tower 4 and Tower 3) earlier this year.
The Xiangjiang project consists of 600,000 square-meters of mixed-use space across four towers and serves as a hub in Changsha’s new Central Business District.
The focal point of the development is a 330-meter tall landmark tower. The landmark tower will become the city of Changsha’s most iconic and recognizable civic symbol, and the third tallest building in its skyline. Rising alongside the landmark tower is a smaller, but geometrically similar, 240-meter tower. Together, these two iconic towers create a globally recognizable gateway from Changsha’s historic city center to its new financial district and establish a model for all future developments along Changsha’s new city skyline.
A retail podium links the four-tower development and spans across the east and west plots. Connected to the podium is a central event space that will host a variety of events and integrated activities throughout the year. Anticipated to be a high trafficked area, the design team ensured all arrival and departure areas would have minimal impact on the neighboring buildings.
“The Changsha Xiangjiang FFC development will become a hub for the city,” said designer Guanghong Ou. “We hope the new development will serve as a dynamic destination that will help establish Changsha as a truly world-class city.”
The mixed-use towers will house commercial offices, a hotel space, and residential units and will target to achieve China Green 3 Stars, LEED Gold, and BREEAM Excellent rating. Construction for the towers started in January 2015. The project in its entirety is planning to open by the end of 2020.
Woods Bagot Team:
San Francisco Studio:
Patrick Daly, Christiana Kyrillou, Guanghong Ou, Shawn Komlos, Yukun Zhou, , Edgardo Huab, Surjanto, Ryan Lee, and April Fame
Jean Weng, Paul Lee, Will Hosikian, Eileen Dong, Chris Qian, Chenglu, Stan Huang, and Qianqian Yang