Zhangjiang “Gate of Science,” the tallest twin towers in Shanghai, will become a city landmark and a symbol of technological strength and innovation, welcoming global entrepreneurs and talent to build a leading science city. For the overall master plan, Gensler designed polygon podium buildings surrounding the two towers as the “tech islands” by the Chuanyang River and an extension of the “Gate of Science.”
Multi-level connections, such as platform bridges, ground-level landscape trails, sunken plazas, and an underground commercial link, are used to fully integrate the twin towers with surrounding areas and create people-centric, multi-dimensional pedestrian spaces. The landscape park sits in between the twin towers, with digital experiences and diverse facilities connecting the Middle Ring green belt in the south to the Chuanyang River Park in the north to provide urban residents with an ecological leisure experience.
Gensler’s design is inspired by the original Jiangnan water town landform of Zhangjiang, and the twin tower façade rises to the top to echo the texture of water ripples. Gensler adopted a parametric design approach and staggered layering of unit glass curtain wall panels to achieve a dynamic and fluid visual effect. The team integrated ecological concepts and cutting-edge technologies with energy modeling to create a green and sustainable twin tower development.