AS+GG’s design for the Biophilic Tower, also known as the Suzhou SIP Shongnan Center, represents the next-generation skyscraper: a self-sustaining, intelligent structure that combines optimal performance with aesthetic beauty focused on human beings’ innate, emotional attraction to nature.
One of the tower’s main features is a continuous vertical garden environment that wraps around the building from grade to the top. Each of the 119 floors will have access to this lush atrium space, giving occupants a direct multi-sensory connection to nature. The garden will be a naturally ventilated space that will create a vertical representation of traditional Suzhou gardens.
The tower design also makes use of fractal patterns, which appear the same from near as from far, and which can positively affect human neural activity, increasing work productivity and physical and mental health. The design uses a common fractal pattern, the Voronoi diagram, as a way to add another layer to the natural environment that is been created within the tower. The Voronoi pattern is incorporated into the curtain wall design, primarily as a solar shading strategy to help reduce heat gain in the internal occupied space, as well as the naturally ventilated gardens.
The Biophilic Tower is shaped to take full advantage of the natural light available on the site. By carving the atrium space deep into the massing of the building, natural light is allowed to enter the building beyond the perimeter envelope and penetrate deep into the floor plates. At the same time, the tower offers stunning views, east to Jinji Lake and west to the Old City. The design intent is to increase the availability of east and west views to occupants on the north and south sides of the building.