Futuristic Sky Island tower that ‘floats’ 268 meters above water wins historic design for new Shen Zhen district – Mothership.SG
Cities around the world have iconic sites such as Marina Bay Sands and the Great Wall of China.
And then there’s this architectural wonder that may soon appear in Shenzhen, China:
The fantastic structure was designed by Japanese architects Sou Fujimoto, according to the architectural news website Architect.
It is the winning design of the new downtown landmark for a new business district in Shen Zhen called Qianhai.
From a distance, the 268-meter-high Sky Island Tower appears to hover over Qianhai Bay – much like a sci-fi movie coming to life.
The futuristic floating tower comprises 99 individual tower-shaped pillars (“he is“), connected to the upper deck of the skyscraper.
The multitude of towers are grouped together to appear as a single structure overlooking the seafront, to “symbolize the future of societies in the era of diversity”.
According to ArchDaily, the pillars disappear as they descend, giving the structure an ephemeral character.
A central core holds the historic tower firmly in place.
On its upper observation deck, there is a restaurant, walkway, lobby, and three-dimensional exhibition space.
Visitors can also admire the aquatic dance event space at the base of the tower.
Top image via @sou_fujimoto Instagram