The organization of the two office towers is defined by a linear core that echoes the parallel arrangement of the buildings on the site with a central hallway with elevators on either side that opens to the office floors on either end. The retail spaces are defined by a smaller core containing an elevator that takes visitors to the second level and the planted garden rooftop.
The broader impact of the regional office complex is driven by the cladding system defined by an undulating pattern inspired by Chinese bamboo forests that creates a unique identity within the city. This pattern is achieved through the use of 52 unique ceramic frit glass panels that have been combined in a range of manners to achieve the striated effect. The organic feel that results balances the regularity of the plan and allows the building to change as light hits the various surfaces in different manners. This transformation is particularly present as the sun sets and the building glows from within. Achieving this unique pattern would have been impossible without the use of parametric model and digital fabrication tools. The fritted surface also plays a role in the overall energy efficiency of the building.
The vision for the building was formed early on and played a significant role in winning the commission for the project. Achieving the vision for the undulating façade pattern, however, required a great deal of testing. This involved making full-scale mockups with varying densities of frit in order to test opacity and energy performance.
Following the completion of the building, the quality of the building was sufficient to attract Land Rover as the anchor tenant of both the ground floor showroom and the office spaces above. Further, the ability of the building to transform over the course of the day and in different environmental conditions has led many people in the city to see the building as a new icon.
Finally, the urban plaza that is integrated into the surrounding city is becoming an attractive place for many to visit.
THE BROADER IMPACT OF THE REGIONAL OFFICE COMPLEX IS DRIVEN BY THE CLADDING SYSTEM DEFINED BY AN UNDULATING PATTERN INSPIRED BY CHINESE BAMBOO FORESTS THAT CREATES A UNIQUE IDENTITY WITHIN THE CITY.