Elegantly twisting, Dutch architect Ben van Berkel of UNStudio recently unveiled plans for a 60-story building with two towers in Hangzhou, China. Named Raffles City, the 300 square meter design will feature retail spaces, offices, housing, and hotel facilities.
Built to be environmentally friendly, the project incorporates natural ventilation principles, and is designed as a hub of activity, commerce and transportation meant to condense life into a smaller footprint. The building is due for completion in 2012.
"The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give this concept a twist by focusing on where the urban context meets the landscape of the city." -Ben van Berkel