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Tencent Seafront Towers

When one of the world’s largest internet companies designed their new corporate headquarters, they pushed the envelope in design and form.

Project Details

Project Partners
NBBJ / Tongji LDI
Owner
Tencent Holdings Limited
Location
Shenzhen, China
Completion Date
Area
2.9 million ft²
Height
806 ft
Sustainability
LEED Gold Certification
Number of Stories
50
Tencent Seafront Towers in Shenzhen, China. Courtesy NBBJ
Tencent Seafront Towers in Shenzhen, China. Courtesy NBBJ
Tencent Seafront Towers in Shenzhen, China. Courtesy NBBJ
Tencent Seafront Towers in Shenzhen, China. Courtesy NBBJ

Integrating 15 Façade Types Into A Single System

When one of the world’s largest internet companies designed their new corporate headquarters, they pushed the envelope in design and form. The Tencent Seafront Towers in Hi-tech Park in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen features a pair of office towers connected with three skybridges to foster the feel of a suburban tech campus within a high-rise environment. The towers nearly quadruple Tencent’s current office space and accommodate an additional 12,000 employees.

We provided façade engineering services to NBBJ / Tongji LDI, which progressed from concept design to design development in only seven months.

Highlights

  • The façade design called for 15 skin systems, including unitized curtain walls, long-span glass walls, ETFE pneumatic cushion atria, and cable-net walls.
  • The façade design was developed to handle water and wind loads for a typhoon zone.
  • The saw-tooth shaped box panels, a notable architectural feature, cover the façade and extend outward by up to 1.5 meters from the building structure.
  • The box panels create a textured aesthetic and support the project’s sustainability objectives by providing self-shading to reduce energy consumption during the summer.
  • We use Rhino software to design the box frames and ensure they were easy to fabricate, assemble, hoist and install.