The design principles
The Zhuhai Tower and surrounding development are built on environmentally-friendly design principles such as shading and orientation, while office spaces in the development are limited to being 18-22 metres wide to ensure natural ventilation. By incorporating environmental screens in the design, the mixed-use development manages to minimise any heat gain which may accrue. Undulating screens are also used in the nearby Sheraton Hotel’s facades to both activate elevation and provide clear open views for guests, which are simultaneously hidden from sight from the pedestrian crossings below.
This highlights the tower’s environmental design values, with all functional spaces (including the car parks) geared towards maximising natural daylight and ventilation. Construction of the tower finished in September 2017, with the finished building comprising a 250-key St. Regis hotel tower and Grade A office spacing.
The bigger picture
RMJM’s latest design is one part of the wider Zhuhai Shizimen masterplan, which consists of 640,000 square metres of accommodation. The first phase of the mixed-use development comprises 362,000 square metres of convention, theatre, banquet and exhibition facilities, working to further cement Zhuhai and the Pearl River Delta’s reputation as a modern hub of infrastructure and culture.
As well as these public and civic functions, the development is home to retail and food outlets, serviced apartments and a 548-key Sheraton Hotel, along with the St. Regis hotel tower and inbuilt office spaces.
RMJM’s St. Regis Zhuhai hotel & office tower (or the Zhuhai Tower) isn’t RMJM’s first project in the city, with other key projects including the spiralling 100-metre high Zhuhai Observation Tower (which is still under construction) and the multi-use, 646,500-square metre luxury Heart of Zhuhai development. The tower sits among other notable landmarks, like the Macau Tower and high-rise apartments which have been scheduled to be built across the water as part of the Shizimen development.