Zaha Hadid Architects reveals plans for curving skyscraper in China

ZHA said the tower will incorporate 127,220m2 of offices, retail and ancillary facilities, in a ‘gently curving silhouette’ amid a cluster of other high-rise buildings, including corporate HQs, offices, hotels, and residential towers.

ZHA said it designed the building using data analytics and behaviour modelling, to create ‘adaptable workplaces supported by real-time analytics to create healthy and enjoyable environments’.

Xi’an is China’s ancient capital city and the historic eastern gateway to the Silk Road. Its population is nearly nine million. It has become a major draw for semiconductor manufacturing, robotics, aerospace and bio-pharmaceuticals businesses.


Daxia Tower will be ‘accentuated by layers of patterned glazing and dramatic atriums that bring natural light deep into its floorplate’, the practice said in a statement.

The London-based studio was selected by client Daxia Group to design Daxia Tower, on Jingye Road in the city’s high-tech zone.

CGIs of the design also reveal a series of planted interior terraces with panoramic views.

The building will aim for LEED Gold certification and the highest three-star rating of China’s Green Building Program, with natural ventilation through the atriums, high-performance glazing, and a ‘responsive’ façade incorporating photovoltaics to power various systems within the building.

The tower will fill a 16,700msite at the south-east corner of the Jingye Road and Zhangbawu Road intersection, in the Yanta business district of the city.

ZHA said a smart management system will monitor and optimise the building’s energy consumption and environmental performance, adjusting interior conditions according to occupancy and external weather conditions.