GroupGSA propose dramatic mixed-use towers for Shenzhen inspired by a double helix

added: “Our core aim was to connect experience, data, and people through this design. iCarbonX is taking steps into an uncharted new future in medical science a
– Alina Valcare, GroupGSA principal

International architecture studio GroupGSA's have designed a mixed-use commercial, residential and leisure building in the Chinese city of Shenzhen, with a dramatic twisting form inspired by a double helix.

iCarbonX, a Chinese company researching the mapping and digitising of human health, organised an architecture competition to seek designs for its planned new headquarters – a building that must articulate its aim “to build an ecosystem of digital life based on a combination of an individual's biological, behavioural and psychological data, the internet and artificial intelligence.”

Described as “the functional centre for Shenzhen to develop into a global super city”, the complex is likely to include offices for the company in addition to a residential tower and a host of leisure facilities.

Inspired by the repeating hexagons in a carbon atom, GroupGSA submitted a striking design for two interlinked towers, with their entry named by the competition jury as “one of the outstanding submissions” that may be adopted by iCarbonX.

Explaining the approach in a design statement, the firm said: “Dissecting these basic hexagonal forms has produced a stunning architectural language and philosophy that flowed through the design, tying iCarbonX’s diverse functional areas together into one cohesive working organism.

“Twisting coils at the heart of the design mirror DNA’s double helix structure, infusing the building’s ethos with the essence of life and creation. As well as emulating DNA, dual winding balconies add peace and serenity to the design, while tranquil terrace gardens allow workers to step back and centre themselves before entering office spaces.”

Principal Alina Valcare added: “Our core aim was to connect experience, data, and people through this design. iCarbonX is taking steps into an uncharted new future in medical science and we wanted to create a space that reflected the scale and ambition of their truly innovative mission.”

As part of GroupGSA’s plans, the smaller tower will house residential properties, and will include indoor and outdoor swimming pools and rooftop bars and restaurants on the two uppermost floors. The larger office tower will also feature a sky club and eatery.

The architects – who have offices in Australia, Vietnam and China – have worked on several large-scale projects in the latter, and are currently developing a swooping, grass-roofed information hub for the ski resort hosting events during the 2022 Beijing Winter Olympics.

Group GSA  China  Shenzhen  iCarbonX  Alina Valcare  
Related stories

Design shows swooping 2022 Winter Olympics culture and information hub

More news
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6199     
News stories: 1 - 30 of 6199     
company profile
Company profile: Gharieni Group GmbH
Gharieni Group is based in Germany and is a leading European manufacturer of high end spa and medical furniture, beds and equipment with 25 years of experience. All products are high-quality productions, made in Germany.
Try cladmag for free!
Sign up with CLAD to receive our regular ezine, instant news alerts, free digital subscriptions to CLADweek, CLADmag and CLADbook and to request a free sample of the next issue of CLADmag.
sign up
West 8 has masterplanned a new botanical garden for Houston, with a range of gardens and amenities
Adriaan Geuze
"The profile of landscape architecture has been raised by international cities competing with one another"

How the West 8 founder is using the healing power of nature on a Korean site with a turbulent history

The Smile aimed to showcase the possibilities of timber construction
Alison Brooks
"The profession is changing"

We need to help the public understand that architects are on their side, argues The Smile designer

The wa_sauna sits on a 23sq m platform fitted with an electric motor. It can hold six people
"You could have cultural events and museums that go from city to city. It’s a new way of thinking"

Rising sea levels and a shortage of land are leading to increased interest in floating buildings. We take a look at some fascinating projects

Catalogue Gallery
Click on a catalogue to view it online
To advertise in our catalogue gallery: call +44(0)1462 431385
Ten Trinity Square is the former headquarters of the Port of London Authority
Ed Ng
"Of all hospitality design, we feel that F&B is the most fun. You can be creative and it’s where you get all the limelight"

When ABConcept’s co-founder got The brief for the Four Seasons’ Mei Ume restaurant, he jumped straight on the plane to London. He tells us why

Hunters Point Community Library
New York, 2017
Steven Holl is widely considered to be one of America’s most important and influential architects
" What sound is to music, light is to space "

The acclaimed architect speaks to CLAD about Donald Trump, Zaha Hadid and not being obedient

Decq has been recognised for raising the profile of women in architecture
"Things have improved, but not enough"

On women in architecture

worked with acoustician 
Larry Kirkegaard
"It’s a privilege to have completed a scheme of such importance to the cultural identity of Antwerp - Stuart Mills"

SimsponHaugh’s latest project

Well designed spaces can encourage social interaction
Tom Lindblom
"Public spaces support the widest diversity of experiences"

At last concrete proof that design is the critical factor that turns good experiences into great ones says Gensler’s Tom Lindblom

cladkit product news
Empex Watertoys partners with Singapore architecture firm on new splash park
Buds is a new splash park that caters to children aged 12 and under
Lauren Heath-Jones
Empex Watertoys has partnered with Singapore landscape architecture firm Playpoint Singapore Pte to create Buds, an exciting new splash park ...
Hotel Crescent Court opens new spa following multi-million-dollar renovation
Hotel Crescent Court has reopened its spa after a multi-million dollar refurbishment
Lauren Heath-Jones
Hotel Crescent Court, a luxury hotel in Dallas, Texas, has reopened its spa and fitness centre after completing a multi-million-dollar ...
Matteo Thun Atelier create hospitality collection inspired by Mediterranean atmosphere
The collection is designed to integrate with numerous architecture and interior projects across the hospitality sector
Kim Megson
The studio of Italian architect and designer Matteo Thun have produced a new range of wooden furniture designed for everything ...
cladkit product news
HawkinsBrown complete timber pool facility for 'swimming among the trees'
The space has been designed as 'a welcoming retreat that engages with the mature woodland setting through the use of natural materials and colour schemes'
Kim Megson
Architects HawkinsBrown have completed an elegant timber pool hidden among the trees for a school in the English county of ...
Brdr. Krüger to exhibit at IMM Cologne
The Theodor chair was named after studio co-founder Theodor Krüger
Lauren Heath-Jones
Danish furniture company Brdr. Krüger will showcase a range of new and existing pieces at international interiors show, IMM Cologne. ...
Ma Yansong debuts out of this world furniture collection
Ma Yansong was inspired by science fiction and the possibility of life on Mars
Lauren Heath-Jones
Curation-led design gallery Gallery ALL debuted the MAD Martian Collection at Design Miami. Designed by Ma Yansong, founder and principal ...
cladkit product news
FAÇADE2017 winners 'diverse and remarkable', says SFE board member
Ramboll was awarded for the Blavatnik Building, Switchouse Extension of the Tate Moder
Lauren Heath-Jones
A trio of British leisure facilities have been honoured in the Façade2017 awards. Established in 2013 by the Society of ...
AB Concept partners with House of Tai Ping for luxurious rug collection
The collection was inspired by the idea of looking down at the world from a great height
Lauren Heath-Jones
Design house AB Concept has partnered with bespoke rug specialist Tai Ping to create Nephele, an exclusive line of handcrafted ...
Sign up with CLAD for regular news updates