Aedas Imagine a Reflective Landmark for Changsha CBD

Aedas, one of the world’s leading architecture and design practices, designed the 323 meter Changsha Jinmao Tower. Located in the newly planned Changsha CBD, the architecture firm created a high-rise that reflects its context, especially the local steep mountainous landscape

Standing out from the high-rise clusters nearby, the landmark-like building faces main roads on the west and overlooks the Meixi Lake in Changsha. The biggest constraint of the design was the integration of the iconic structure with historical elements that represent the city, the natural surrounding and the skyline.

Landforms inspired the curved outline of the tower, and reflections mimicked the lake nearby, putting in place a tower that highlights Changsha, “a city of mountain and water”. The construction is divided into four staggered square volumes that frame the cityscape, maximize views and impersonate multiple layers of the local rocky peaks.

LED glowing screens add the modern touch, making the whole building resemble an urban lighthouse. Classic vertical lines, arcades, and balconies, embedded into the façade, pay tribute to the “old streets of Changsha”, mixing local and cultural heritage with modernity.

Project: Changsha Jinmao Tower

Location: Changsha, China

Architecture Firm: Aedas

Clients: China Jinmao Holdings Group Limited

Gross Area: 210,000 square meters

Completion Year: 2023

Director: Global Design Principal Dr. Andy Wen