Many cities have a claim to fame, but few are willing to proclaim their dominance with architecture.
That’s what Window of Guangzhoue, a new cluster of office buildings on the Pearl River in the Chinese port city does. Even its creator, global engineering firm Atkins, describes the design as “unusual.”
The buildings spell out “001” which, according to Inhabitat, is a reference to Guangzhou’s status as the first Chinese city to open to international trade. They also give (some) of the people in the buildings immediately behind a view of the river that would normally be blocked.
Set to open in 2018, the buildings were commissioned by the China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), one of the country’s largest state-owned enterprises.
In addition to serving as billboards for Guangzhou’s importance, Window of Guangzhou will also incorporate sustainable features like solar shading and an efficient cooling system to deal with the city’s hot and humid climate.