Construction begins on Atkins-designed supertall landmark in China

Construction has begun on the Atkins-designed Evergrande International Financial Center in Hefei in Anhui province of China. The 518-metre supertall building will be the first skyscraper and highest landmark in Anhui province, China.

KY Cheung, Atkins’ project design director, said:

“Our design concept was inspired by bamboo, which according to Chinese culture, represents prosperity and elegance. The development will help increase the land value of Binhu district, enhance the image of the city of Hefei and facilitate the city’s development.”

Atkins was commissioned by Evergrande Group to provide planning concepts for two plots in the Binhu new area of Hefei in Anhui province, and architectural conceptual design for the Evergrande International Financial Center. With a total gross floor area (GFA) of 660,000 sqm, the high-rise commercial and residential complex comprises a five-star hotel, luxury serviced apartments, grade-A offices and a large integrated shopping mall to provide high-end entertainment and high-end lifestyle experience for visitors and residents.

Located on a prime modern lakeside development, the site enjoys a beautiful natural view of Chao Lake and convenient access to public transportation. To the right of the main tower are four shorter towers that resemble a bamboo grove, adding unique characteristics to the city’s emerging skyline.

The Evergrande International Financial Center in Hefei is the third Atkins-designed supertall building in Asia Pacific currently under construction. The other two projects are the 568-metre tall Pearl of the North in Shenyang and the 460-metre tall Vincom Landmark 81 in Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.