Recently, gmp von Gerkan, Marg and Partners Architects won the first prize in the international competition of the new headquarter building of Xiamen International Bank.
The new headquarters building of Xiamen International Bank is located in the financial center and high-end business office area in the main island of Xiamen, which is a landmark building along the sea. The project is an important node in the sequence of super high-rise buildings of the city. The architectural design uses the round shape, an eclectic form, which strives to balance the sea view, the city, and the adjacent green belt. It forms more directional dialogues with the city. Externally, it assumes more urban roles in the overall environment while having cohesion inwardly.
Comprehensively consider about the relationship of the city and function demands, the building is divided into three vertical zones from low to high. The low area of the entire building is south-oriented. Combined with the main entrance, the high-rise atrium is set up on the south side. The atrium faces the city park, realizing the penetration between the building itself and the urban landscape. The low section integrates dynamic public functions, including office lobby, business hall, training base, staff canteen, conference center, and headquarters office.
The podium on the west side of the site includes multi-function hall, lecture hall, corporate culture exhibition hall, cafe, and VIP restaurant. The podium is made up of stacked cylindrical volumes, intertwined and surrounded by waterscape.
The vertical design of the tower, especially the atrium layout, fully considers specific elements such as height changes and environment orientation. The middle section of the tower, which is rotated 90 degrees from the low section, is functionally planned as typical office floors.
Curved grand atriums extending outwardly from the southeast to the northwest side of the tower, visually connecting the island with the sea, which realized the sharing of landscape in east-west direction. Cutting right through the core, these generous atriums provide ample daylight and better office experience. The transparent and flexible vertical space planned with open staircases connects different departments and functional areas throughout the tower conveniently.
As the highest building in the area, people can overlook the entire island and coast from the all-direction atrium on the top high zone. Executive management offices and a high-end business center will occupy the top section. Through the internal cutting of the building volume, the high-rise office can enjoy expanded views, and the 360-degree design gives the building a broad and multifaceted perspective.
The varied sky atriums on the top, middle, and low zones are the highlights of the tower-design and the logic of its geometrical appearance. The architectural design is combined with the urban environment to propose a new urban relationship and enhances a unique architectural image with a concise and powerful architectural language.
The round design scheme integrates all required functions into a compact building volume with a reduced surface, lowering the overall energy consumption significantly. The modern façade system fully showcases the style of a financial center in terms of its quality, reliability, efficiency, and precision. The vertical lobby improves the internal thermal environment and airflow organization for greater comfort. XIB headquarter building establish to develop itself into a globally leading financial brand with interconnected and humanized working environment as well as strong social cohesion.
Competition 2021,1st prize
Design Meinhardvon Gerkan and Stephan Schütz with Stephan Rewolle
Project leader Yang Li, Zheng Fei, Marco Assandri
Team Filippo Ragusa, Tang Zihong, Wang Chenhan, Wang Yazeng, Zhu Shiyou, Jan Peter Deml, Yuan Tao, Ma Xinyi, Zhao Zhengyang
Project Management in China Li Ling, Wang Shihui, Xie Fang
Client Xiamen International Bank
Chinese partner practice IPPR (XIAMEN) Engineering Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.
GFA 114,000 m²
Building height 210m