Chair: Helen Lochhead

Dean, Faculty of Built Environment, University of New South Wales (UNSW Sydney)
Henry Huang

Henry Huang

Director, Structural, China Region, WSP
“Hanking Tower’s Offset Core – A Structural Challenge”
Hann Chen

Hann Chen

Project Manager, Morphosis
“Unique Creative Icon—Hanking Center”

For decades, tall building designers have searched for ways to maximize leasable floor space and provide as much space as possible between walls and columns. One of the most effective ways to achieve this kind of flexibility is the off-set core, which removes the vertical transportation and mechanical equipment to the side of the main floor plate, allowing clear spans and an uncluttered plan. Though the off-set core has been deployed infrequently since the late 1950s, recent developments in workplace culture, performance-based engineering and parametric design have elevated the typology to an art form. Join this session at the Hanking Center Tower, the world’s tallest building with an off-set core, to hear from experts in the art of maximizing the sociability of workplaces through various approaches to the technique.

Venue: Hanking Center Tower

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Monday 8 April Schedule:

1:10 pm Provided coaches will depart Grand Hyatt
2:00 pm Arrival & Coffee
2:25 pm Welcome from Host
2:30 pm Presentation 1
2:50 pm Presentation 2
3:10 pm Presentation 3
3:30 pm Q&A
3:45 pm Coffee Break
4:15 pm Tour of Hanking Center Tower
5:15 pm Delegates depart from off-site program on provided coach
5:45 pm Arrive at Grand Hyatt Shenzhen for an Off-Site Social
6:00-7:30pm All off-site program delegates come together for a reception to socialize and unwind for the evening

About This Program Location

Hanking Center

About Hanking Center

Hanking Center adds a new dimension to Shenzhen’s skyline. It reconsiders the conventional commercial office building through an innovative approach to circulation, social systems, and workspaces. The tower is comprised of office space, with high-end retail and dining options in the podium. The Center utilizes folded angles to elegantly merge public components in the podium with private commercial space in the tower. A grand plaza and hardscape around the exterior serves to anchor the new landmark and encourage activity nearby.

The tower’s unique steel structural system offsets the primary movement and service cores to the exterior of the floor plate. Shadowing the offset circulation core, two secondary cores in the body provide structural reinforcement. A series of sky bridges and… Read More

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