Wenzhou City, China
Soaring above Belgrade, near the confluence of the Sava and Danube rivers, the 42-story Kula Belgrade will catalyze the regeneration of city’s waterfront and add an iconic landmark to the skyline, symbolizing the Serbian capital’s rising global stature.
The tower will house a five-star St. Regis Hotel and approximately 220 branded apartments. The airy lobby treats residents and visitors with a view of the river and surrounding landscape. The residences, which include expansive duplex units, and the hotel, with around 120 rooms, will be designed to exacting standards with sharp, clean finishes of brass and stone. Containing a ballroom, dining room, spa, gym, and meeting rooms, the building’s podium will provide world-class amenities under one roof. An observation deck and restaurant at the top of the restaurant will offer unprecedented, uninterrupted views of the historic center and the countryside beyond.
The orientation of the tower rotates 90 degrees as it rises to engage different contexts and enhance its structural performance by reducing the wind load. Differences in glazing and a river-water cooling system reduces the building’s energy needs.
With pedestrian connections to its surroundings and an inviting event space, the building will become an integral part of the urban life of the city. A portal between the river and the center, it will embrace the adjacent plaza, engaging the public space with an indoor-outdoor ballroom and a public art program.