Supertall skyscrapers in Shenzhen

Supertall skyscrapers linked by planted terraces to be built in Shenzhen by Zaha Hadid Architects

A pair of supertall skyscrapers united by planted terraces will define the mixed-use Tower C development, which Zaha Hadid Architects is designing for Shenzhen, China.

Designed for a new financial centre called the Shenzhen Bay Super Headquarters Base, Tower C is set to become one of the tallest buildings in the city at nearly 400 metres in height.

Linking its two towers will be a multi-storey podium composed of a series of sinuous terraces, each filled with greenery and aquaponic gardens – a system involving growing plants in water.

This has been developed by Zaha Hadid Architects to form an extension of an adjacent park and offer the city a new public space.


The scheme will be complete with a water-collection and recycling system and photovoltaics that will harvest solar energy to make electricity for the whole district.

A "smart management system" that will monitor the external and interior conditions of the buildings will also be used to automatically adjust heating in the building and minimise its energy consumption.

Tower C is one of several buildings that Zaha Hadid Architects, the studio founded by late British-Iraqi architect Zaha Hadid, is currently developing in China under its new director Patrik Schumacher.

Elsewhere in Shenzhen, this includes four interconnected office towers for China's leading smartphone manufacturer OPPO and a pebble-shaped science museum in the city's new Guangming Science City.

Visuals are by Brick Visual, courtesy of Zaha Hadid Archtects.