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Tuesday, July 28, 2009

Raffles City, Hangzhou, China

Images released of Raffles City Hangzhou
Due to complete in 2012 UNStudio’s mixed-use Raffles City development will reach a height of 60 stories, presenting views of the Qiantang River. Raffles City Hangzhou will provide a total floor area of almost 300,000 sq m which will incorporate retail, offices, housing and hotels.

By applying natural ventilation and optimizing material use UNStudio are aiming to receive the gold certification from the Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Green Building rating system, the industry standard for rating of the eco-friendliness of a project.

Ben van Berkel founder of UNStudio states the intentions of the project: “The philosophy behind the Raffles City concept is to integrate mixed use in an urban context, but in such a way as to give the concept a twist. In the design of the towers the urban element of the project twists towards the landscape, whilst the landscape aspect, in turn, twists towards the urban context."

This latest City joins the ranks of IM Pei's Raffles City in Singapore and Rafael Viñoly's design for a Raffles City currently under development in Bahrain.
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