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Tower C at Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base

  • Shenzhen, China
  • 2020 – 2027
  • Shenzhen Bay Super Base Construction Headquarters Office
  • Under construction
  • GFA: 440,000m2
  • Site Area: 36268m2

Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base will be an important business and financial centre in Shenzhen serving the Greater Bay Area of Guangdong, Hong Kong and Macau; integrating clusters of corporate headquarters within a global technology hub accommodating 300,000 employees each day. Including venues for international conferences, exhibitions, cultural and art programmes, the headquarters base will incorporate residential developments, a transportation centre, botanical grasslands, and coastal zone with wetlands.

Tower C by Zaha Hadid Architects within the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base responds to its location at the intersection of the city’s planned north-south green axis and Shenzhen’s east-west urban corridor. Connecting directly with its adjacent park and plazas which transform into a terraced landscape extending upwards within its two towers, the design invites the public into the heart of the building where cultural and leisure attractions are housed in sweeping bridges that tie the towers together and give panoramic views of the city.

Served by the expanding Shenzhen Metro network, Tower C’s stepped podium integrates with the park to create a new public space for this dynamic city that has grown to become a global centre of technology innovation. Uniting the park’s landscapes with the civic plazas of the tower’s lower levels provides direct pedestrian access and daylight to the public transport interchange below ground. Prioritising pedestrians, the tower’s design also includes extensive bicycle parking and charging facilities.

Informed by 3D modelling tools developed by ZHA that optimise efficiencies in architectural massing, orientation and facade-to-floor ratios, Tower C’s design is a multi-dimensional vertical city of two towers at nearly 400m, providing column-free naturally-lit office space, shopping, entertainment and dining amenities, together with a hotel, convention centre and cultural facilities with exhibition galleries.

The double-insulated, unitised glass curtain wall of Tower C’s design steps the glazing as vertical channels for self-shading and incorporates ventilating registers within the channels that draw outside air through operable cavities; providing natural and hybrid ventilation with very effective environmental control for each floor.

Connected with the district’s smart management systems that continually monitor external and interior conditions, indoor environmental controls will adjust in real time to reduce energy consumption with high-efficiency equipment and chiller plant optimisation within the district’s central networks. The design will also incorporate water-collection and recycling as well as photovoltaics to harvest solar energy for the district.

Aquaponics gardens on all terraced levels will biologically filter contaminants from the local environment and low-volatile organic compound materials will be installed to minimise indoor pollutants and particulates. Continuing the district’s ambitions for optimal integration throughout all aspects of the development to increase efficiencies and well-being, Tower C’s procurement will also target embodied carbon reductions and recycled materials.

The design of Tower C integrates the city and nature within its central green axis with the transit orientated development (TOD) of Shenzhen’s new spine, creating a ‘superscape’ that will become a tower of the future within the Super Headquarters Base.


Zaha Hadid Architects


Patrik Schumacher

Project Directors

Satoshi Ohashi, Paulo Flores, Charles Walker (Commercial Director)

Project Manager

Lydia Kim

Project Senior Management

Edgar Payan, Paul Brislin, Yang Jingwen

Project Associates

Saman Dadgostar, Xuexin Duan, Seungho Yeo

Project Package Leads

Harry Spraiter, Lorenzo Farchione, Xiaoyu Zhang, Lida Zhang

Project Team

Xiangfan Chen, Mariana Custodio Dos Santos, David Fogliano, Ignacio Garcia Martinez, Michel Ghulmiyyah, Pengcheng Gu, Du Huang, Junya Huang, Leyuan Jiang, Li Jin, Ian Lai, Huiyuan Li, Cheryl Lim, Yixin Liu, Jiamin Lu, Hamze Machmouchi, Keyur Mistry, Rebecca Nayagam, Calin Negret,
Adeliia Papulzan, Alexander Pena, Sobitha Ravichandran, Roberta Sartori, Lei Song, Flavio Sousa Monteiro, Atilla Ali Tasan, Xiujing Wang, Billy Webb, Ran Wei, Hao Wen, Soungmin Yu, Bo Zhang, Weimeng Zhang, Rui Zhao, Yuxuan Zhao

Support Teams

Carlos Bausa Martinez, Lorena Espaillat-Bencosme, Uli Blum

Competition Project Directors

Satoshi Ohashi, Paulo Flores

Competition Project Associates

Jingwen Yang, Karoly Markos, Michail Desyllas

Competition Project Leader

Xuexin Duan

Competition Team

Xiaoyu Zhang, Lida Zhang, Bogdan Zaha, Gaoqi Lou, Huiyuan Li, Jiaxing Lu, Leyuan Jiang, Mariana Custodio dos Santos, Martin Gsandtner, Nastja Mitrovic, Rui Zhao, Sebastian Andia, Xiangfan Chen, Yuan Feng, Zhiming Wang, Boyan Hristov, John Kanakas, Enoch Kolo, Karina Linsen

Client Management Consultant


Local Design Institute

Shenzhen Architectural Design Research Institute [SZAD]

Facade Design Consultants

RFR Shanghai

Facade Engineering Consultant


M&E Engineering Consultant


Special Structure Engineers


Cost Consultant


Green Building Consultant


MEP & Lift Engineering Consultant


Transport Consultant


Fire Engineering Consultant


Landscape Consultant


Lighting Design Consultant

Lighting Design

Lighting Engineering Consultant


Hotel Operator


Hotel Operator Technical Consultant


Hotel Design Consultant

Reardon Smith Architects

Commercial Design Consultant


Commercial Culture Consultant


Commercial Office Consultant