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DETAILS

LocationNanjing, China
ClientSkidmore Owings & Merrill
Size12 acres

Nanjing Greenland International Commercial Center is an urban high-rise project containing two major sites, A1 and A2. The 450-meter main tower, Zifeng Tower, with its concentric rings of mixed trees and linear water features, is the focus of the A1 site. The landscape design encompasses existing parks as well as the adjacent historic features in order to present an environment that is totally integrated with its urban context.

As a historic and recognizable urban feature, Drum Tower and its concentric rings of mixed trees are the focus of the A2 site. The landscape radiates from the central tower, forming a pattern that ultimately extends onto the A1 site. Sidewalks along North Zhongshang were widened to include an urban parterre garden consisting of hedges, colorful perennial flowers, and seating that emphasizes the street’s importance. The parterre celebrates the commercial vibrancy of the street and allows easy and convenient pedestrian movement between the ground floor retail stores and the adjacent street.  A diagonal axis, originating from the Drum Tower circle, extends northward across the site and forms a generous pedestrian pathway that includes linear water features. The double rows of trees along the main streets are established in order to emphasize and strengthen the streetscape.

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