• MONOCOQUE ROOF OVER SUZHOU RETAIL DEVELOPMENT TO SET WORLD RECORD

    30 April 2015

    A Suzhou development set for completion in 2017 will set a record for the world’s biggest monocoque roof structure.

    Benoy   Suzhou Centre, Suzhou, China (3) - LowRes

    The Suzhou Center is a high-end integrated development located in the western section of the Suzhou Industrial Park. The collaboration by CapitaMalls Asia and Suzhou Industrial Park Jinji Lake Urban Development is set on a 16 ha site and includes retail space, offices, homes, a hotel and entertainment and cultural spaces. Architect and interior designer Benoy is behind the development’s major retail component, featuring the monocoque roof spanning 36,000 m2. Benoy Director Winnie Tsang said the roof design was inspired by the Chinese phoenix and would become a symbol of architectural innovation. The development will serve a catchment of 13 million residents across Suzhou and another 8 million tourists each year.

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    The 280-meter-tall Lumina Shanghai, developed by Henderson Land Group and designed by Gensler, is the tallest skyscraper in the Xuhui Riverside District.


    A sophisticated yet modern setting was derived by juxtaposition of Indochine-Vietnamese features and wood-fire inspired material palettes. Re-interpretation of the spatial order of a typical Indochine-Vietnamese mansion has been adopted to give hierarchy, layers and details to the space.

     
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