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One Future, A Pair of Round-Edged Skyscrapers

Architecture studio Aedas has designed a pair of round-edged, 150-metres-high skyscrapers, named One Future, in Hangzhou, China. It integrates commercial, cultural, retail and residential to accommodate the rapid urban development. According to the studio, the project is a response to increased demand for flexible live/work spaces for young entrepreneurs in the city – therefore offering tenants a choice between work or residential unit layouts. "[Young entrepreneurs] are not interested in standard Class A offices, but rather a place can flexibly live and work in, so our design came from such idea," the architect explained.







The façade concept is derived from lotus plants in the nearby West Lake as a merging of nature and architecture. The bronze façade uses aluminum and glass panels and glitters distinctively under different angles of sunlight. On each tower the facades curve inwards to mark a refuge floor, which offers a safe space for occupants in the case of an emergency, squeezing the two structures at different heights to break up their rectilinear form. At the base of the towers, a curving canopy extends from the facades to form a sheltered entryway. Spread across 33 stories, the 63,500-square-metre interior contains both office and residential spaces – accessed via individual elevators to define the two programs.








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