At first glance, some might say they look like partially collapsed towers.
But actually, these photos show what two innovative new skyscrapers in China will look like when they’re finished.
Called the “Oasis Towers,” the buildings will be “a sanctuary for residents of a densely populated and rapidly developing area” of Nanjing, a city in Jiangsu province.
Operating as both residential and commercial complexes, the nature-inspired development’s twin 150m (492ft) towers are (officially) designed to resemble green-streaked ‘cliffs’.
A park-like, publicly accessible “green landscape” extends into the space between the two 40-story L-shaped towers.
A view shows the incredible new “Oasis Towers” development to be built in China, consisting of skyscrapers that look like they are about to collapse
Each of the skyscrapers has a “formal, gridded facade” on two sides, which the designers – Dutch architecture firm MVRDV – say is a response to the area’s more traditional office skyscrapers.
The “flowing curves” of balconies and terraces can be seen on the other sides of the towers. The staggered balconies are designed to let in plenty of natural light, while the ‘carefully placed’ trees on the floors provide additional shade in the warmer months.
There is a metro station under the building. Shops and commercial establishments are located from the ground floor to the 3rd floor, residential is higher.
The buildings will “provide a haven for residents of a densely populated and rapidly developing area” of Nanjing, a city in China’s Jiangsu province
Officially, the 150 meter high towers are supposed to look like “cliffs” covered in greenery
A publicly accessible, park-like “green landscape” stretches between the two 40-story L-shaped towers.
The complex was designed with sustainability in mind. Rooftops – which are not open to the public – are “densely planted with a variety of species that help maximize biodiversity”. These roofs also feature 500 square meters (5,381 square feet) of reed beds that naturally filter and purify the water as part of the building’s greywater recycling system.
A water heat pump, on the other hand, uses a nearby river to reduce energy consumption.
Winy Maas, founder of MVRDV, says: “Nanjing’s contemporary architecture takes inspiration from nature in form and appearance.
“With Oasis Towers we wanted to take this trend to the maximum – not only to imitate nature with curved, layered ‘rocks’, but to literally include nature in the design with the use of green and natural processes.”
The staggered balconies of the towers are designed to let in lots of natural light
There is a metro station under the building. Shops and businesses are located from the ground floor to the third floor
The project is the work of Dutch architects MVRDV
Each tower has a “formal, gridded facade” on two sides, which the designers say is a response to the area’s more traditional office skyscrapers
A completion date for the project has yet to be announced, although MVRDV’s recent statement confirms that it is working in the design development phase.
It’s not the only imaginative design project behind MVRDV – it’s also created a whimsical new development in Amsterdam “reminiscent of a carved block” and a self-sufficient “Valley of Eden” in Armenia, complete with a giant mirror ball .
The company also developed the Marble Arch Mound in London, which was demolished in early 2022 – just six months after it opened – after being widely panned by the public.
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