The ‘Super Model’ of Guangzhou
One of the biggest stars of the recently held Asian Games at Guangzhou was a very tall lady, Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing tower, measuring 610 metres in height. Skyscrapers across the world — Empire State Building, Chrysler Tower, Burj Khalifa, Petronas Towers — tend to be masculine. Guangzhou is an exception. Designed by Dutch architects Mark Hemel and Barbara Kuit of Information Based Architecture, together with Arup, the international design, engineering and business consulting firm headquartered in London, this tower is feminine, curvy and gracious. Its nickname: Super model.
Bitexco Financial Tower, Ho Chi Minh City
Inspired by the lotus petal, the national flower of Vietnam, Bitexco Financial Tower in Ho Chi Minh City was inaugurated in November. At 262.5 metres, it is the tallest completed building in Vietnam and is admired for its sleek form with a narrow footplate which displays a three-dimensional growth as the tower rises.
The tower is owned by the Bitexco Group, a wholly Vietnamese company. The building has 68 floors and three basements. It has been designed by Carlos Zapata Studio and is located in the business district of the city. The total estimated cost of the project exceeds $220 million.