The Shimao Riverfront Wisdom Towers is a mixed-use development designed by Atelier Ping Jiang I EID Arch. Situated near the intersection of Airport Highway and Qianjing Third Bridge, the site is a critical urban node for Hangzhou’s Binjiang district. Completed in December 2022, the complex includes office towers, an apartment building, a retail annex, and a park for the public. Hangzhou is best known for its picturesque West Lake, tea farms, and the birthplace of E-commerce giant Alibaba. This project is envisioned as a significant urban gateway, featuring twin towers approximately 280 meters tall, for the IoT area and surrounding smart industry belt.
The project provides 370,000 square meters of new office, residential and retail space. The development is organized as five buildings surrounding a green, public space to stimulate casual gathering and exchange. Towers A and B are centerpieces of the development, accommodating office and residential use. A 3-story annex provides retail space and community-supporting facilities. The horizontal undulating façade of the annex imitates the form of the adjacent river, providing a pedestrian-friendly atmosphere. Unlike conventional commercial high-density mixed-use developments, this project optimizes public open space. The site is open from all sides, attracting visitors from all directions.
The project is in a prominent location near the Qiantang River. This river is historically well-known for its tidal bores or strong surging tides. This inspired an abstract curvilinear, flowing pattern on the towers’ facades. The towers are wrapped with low-iron glass curtain walls, with aluminum vertical fins.