The CITIC Bank Headquarters designed by Foster + Partners is located in Hangzhou, China. A key characteristic of this new project is the front façade which is pulled inwards near the base to form a symmetrical V-shape across the south-facing elevation. Separating it from its neighbours in this thriving industrial quarter, the bronze-hued diagrid latticework on the building’s exterior makes a strong commercial statement, both for the bank and the architecture practice that designed it.
The floor plates within the facility widen as the tower rises, expanding to offer its users widepan views of the river and nearby public plaza. A small rectilinear footprint is exploited in this fashion, affording maximum utilisation for the bank’s employees while respecting the building’s neighbours, with tiered sky gardens providing the desired flora for employees and visiting businesspeople.