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Structural Rationalism Meets Architectural Elegance in Hangzhou, China

A rendering of the Hangzhou Wangchao Center. Image © SOM | Brick Visual

For over eight decades, SOM has been a leading voice in emphasizing structural poetics, or the integration of architectural and engineering efforts into built form . . .

Hangzhou Wahgchao Center has seamlessly grown out of this impressive survey of work—a design that exists as proof-of-concept to SOM’s design approach. Along with a robustly reinforced concrete core, the 54-story mixed use tower is defined by eight “mega-columns,” as defined by SOM, which weave back and forth as they track upwards . . . 

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