New York Architect Kevin Kennon Designs Sustainable Landmark for Eco-City China

In designing Tian Fang tower, a nearly 300,000-square-foot mixed-use commercial building for Eco-City, Tianjin, China, a joint development between China and Singapore, international architect Kevin Kennon, based in New York, paid special attention to the building’s relationship to its site and daylighting, among other features. Standing more than 650 feet tall, the office tower and luxury shopping center utilizes Biophilic design technologies and strategies to reconnect people with nature.

An aerial view Of Kevin Kennon Architects' Tian Fang Tower Eco-City Tianjin, China. (PRNewsFoto/Kevin Kennon Architects)

Tian Fang is designed to generate an estimated 20 percent of its clean energy on site through a combination of hydrogen fuel cells, solar panels and wind turbines while simultaneously conserving nearly 20 percent of the energy used. Solar and wind studies influenced the site orientation and building massing, with approximately 50 glass atriums allowing green space and natural light to infiltrate the building.

The design of Tian Fang is based on a 46- x 46-foot square module. A typical office building has four corners, but Tian Fang has 18, providing prime real estate in corner offices. The layout of the luxury retail is composed of 17 volumes that rise to become a series of angled roofs shaped at various orientations to the sun providing solar power. In between these roof forms are skylights that allow daylight to activate shopping.

Project completion is expected in 2013.