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New Chinese Skyscrapers: Sinosteel International Plaza, Tianjin, China

Picture of new plaza with tall skyscraper as seen from the river nearby
New Chinese Skyscrapers: Sinosteel International Plaza, Tianjin, China
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Sinosteel International Plaza is just one of many new Chinese skyscrapers popping out of nowhere. It's a 358m (1,174ft) tall office and hotel building designed by MAD Architects for Tianjin, China. What is special about this skyscraper is its façade.


This new type of façade seen on skyscrapers is not only eye-catching and dynamic, it's also part of the structure, allowing column free office and hotel interior floor plan. Less glass outside also helps in reducing  temperature making it green and sustainable.

"The design concept combines geometry, structure and cultural symbolism as a repetitive motif: a hexagonal façade, multiplying and evolving across the building. This façade is made up of five standardize units of hexagonal windows; it signifies the heritage value in Chinese architecture.

These windows flow across the building in a naturally evolving pattern, as if organic cells multiplying. This design detail animates the façade, creating an ever-changing image of the building from each different perspective. The façade is also the backbone of the building structure, exoskeleton, and sheer solid surface. This removes the necessity for internal columns beyond the building’s core, freeing up space within the structure for a much more flexible use.

From a very simple concept, yet deeply rooted in ancient Chinese architecture, a subtle and sensitive building arises. Sinosteel International Plaza will establish a different urban landscape and soften the hard edge of the concrete jungle we live in, our modern city."
          -MAD Architects

Picture of the plaza and the buildings as seen from the street leading to the plaza
Sinosteel International Plaza, Tianjin, China
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Picture of the entrance and space in front of the entrance
Sinosteel International Plaza, Tianjin, China
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Picture of the skyscraper as seen from the ground looking up
Sinosteel International Plaza skyscraper, Tianjin, China
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Three pictures of the skyscraper seen from the air, from the river and from the entrance
Sinosteel International Plaza skyscraper, Tianjin, China
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Picture of the upper floors facade as seen at night
Sinosteel International Plaza facade, Tianjin, China
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Picture of the top floor and roof facade as seen during the day
Sinosteel International Plaza facade, Tianjin, China
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Picture of bright office tower lobby
Sinosteel International Plaza office lobby, Tianjin, China
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Picture of the office worker looking through the window
Sinosteel International Plaza office interior, Tianjin, China
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Picture of the office interior in the skyscraper building of the plaza
Sinosteel International Plaza office interior, Tianjin, China
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Site plan of the plaza shoeing locations of the skyscraper and smaller annex building
Sinosteel International Plaza site plan, Tianjin, China
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Annex building floor plan
Sinosteel International Plaza floor plan, Tianjin, China
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Sinosteel skyscraper floor plan
Sinosteel International Plaza skyscraper floor plan, Tianjin, China
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Skyscraper diagram showing underground floors and elevators in the core
Sinosteel International Plaza skyscraper diagram, Tianjin, China
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Picture showing how facade structure is made
Sinosteel International Plaza facade structure, Tianjin, China
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Picture showing different shapes of the facade
Sinosteel International Plaza facade shapes, Tianjin, China
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Picture showing results of the sun and wind studies
Sinosteel International Plaza wind and sun studies, Tianjin, China
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