Dameisha Vanke Center

As a large-size complex integrating (Vanke Headquarter) office, hotel, apartment, meeting, entertainment and leisure functions, it has an individual building length of above 400m, and is referred to as “floating horizon line” and horizontal skyscraper”

Project Location:

Shenzhen, Guangdong Province

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Vanke Real Estate Co., Ltd


Steven Holl Architects



Product Category:

Public building, urban complexes, digital projects and hotel M&E design

Specialty Involved:

Building, structure, M&E, greening, landscape and interior
In such a super large-size complex engineering project taking nine years from design to completion, high requirements are raised regarding design, technology and management, including the engineering concept of “engineering + technology + building” and the provision of professional engineering and technical services. These requirements raised by Ping An Life Insurance Company of China are also the requirements to be met all the parties involved in the project.
As a domestic design institute, CCDI is not only responsible for providing the construction drawings and design documents of various specialties as required by the schedule of design, but also undertakes various types of professional engineering and technical services required on site in the construction stage, including:
1 All the service requirements shall be subject to the agreements reached in the contract and shall be properly met; the construction drawings and design documents, as a part of the bidding contract documents of the project, shall be as precise, detailed and reliable as required;
2 Technical evaluation and confirmation shall be provided with regard to all the subdivided specialties involved in the project, thus to ensure the feasibility of the final design and technical solutions and the undertaking of the coordination management work and responsibilities related to the general contracting of design;
3 The extension of project cycle significantly increases the possibility of various design alterations; in addition to the constant change and adjustment of asset and property management demands on the part of the client, the project also faces the high workload of demonstrations and design alterations caused by the constant additions and supplements to current design and technical and construction codes;
4 Due to the division of the project contract, the working interfaces of the general contractor, subcontractors and suppliers on site in the project have far exceeded those of other general projects; CCDI, in charge of the centralized management of design and technical services, is responsible for coordinating design alterations and changes, providing design and technical solutions and explanations and meeting the requirements of field management procedures, which creates a huge workload of communication and coordination;
5 Technical evaluation and confirmation shall be provided with regard to various design alterations and special detailed designs, thus to ensure the feasibility of the final design and technical solutions without influencing the overall progress or construction cost of the project.
6 In face of the urgent overall progress and numerous construction interfaces of the project, CCDI shall also guarantee the timeliness of service responses and the timely final solving of technical problems.

Architectural design

Architectural design:
• Enjoying the reputation of “floating horizon line” and horizontal skyscraper”, it consists of several functional bodies which, through elevating the building as a whole, provide an open visual field for the functional space and create the conditions for the formation of a local microclimate.
• Maximized landscape greening: design of sinking-style courtyard, water system, green space, hills and so forth to create a rich 3D landscape system.

Structural design

Structural design:
• Elevation of the main building by 15m, adopting basically no column in the empty space; a maximum structural span of 50m and a maximum cantilever of 20m, creating a “hybrid frame + inhaul cable” structural system rarely seen in domestic
• 11 structural research subjects: structural self-balance and self-counterweight; cable’s tension stress control; cable’s maximum stress level control; partial adoption of steel sleeves; control of displacement at key points; finished cable product and testing; determination of construction sequence; analysis of the shrinkage and creep effect of temperature difference; node design and experimental research; comfort analysis and control; durability control

M&E design

M&E design:
• The first large-size building sweeping both the US LEED-NC Platinum Award and the Three-star Award for Green Building Operations of the Ministry of Construction.
• Intelligent lighting control system: saving energy by above 25% in comparison to conventional lighting.
• Ice storage technology: saving electricity cost by 10%.
• Total heat recovery fresh air exchange unit: reducing peak air-conditioning load by about 16%, and reducing annual cumulative cooling load by about 8%.
• Water-saving measures and equipment: reducing water consumption by 30%, amounting to 1,500t each year.
• Unique natural lighting and external shading energy-saving design: saving indoor lighting power consumption by 5% and air conditioning power consumption by 4%.
• Underfloor air conditioning: independently-regulated air volume, improving indoor air quality, increasing temperature by 2-4℃ and significantly reducing energy consumption.
• Large-temperature difference cold supply: saving energy by 30% through water pumps.
• Solar photovoltaic power generation system: annual power generation of 264.7MWh, accounting for 12.5% of total power consumption and saving cost by 220,000 RMB/a.
• Recycled water: 100% use of recycled water and rainwater as landscape water, and reducing wastewater drainage by 50%


Consideration should be given in the preliminary stage of design to how to maximally reduce the impact of the building on the environment and how to constantly seek for opportunities of reducing the cost. Relying on BIM technology, designers can conduct various types of performance simulation and analysis regarding the project as a whole, and further evaluate the various possibilities of the scheme based on data analysis and integration from the perspective of sustainability, thus to provide a foundation for important decision-making.

Curtain wall design

Curtain wall design:
•Analysis of the orientations of various building facades based on software calculation, and development of three different forms of shading layout through scientific analysis, i.e., horizontal fixed shading louver, horizontal movable shading louver and louverless pure glass curtain wall
•Curtain wall system with shading function, consisting of two parts, aluminum alloy shading system outside and glass curtain wall system inside
•Horizontal movable shading louver, automatically adjustable according to the altitude of the sun, thus to keep indoor lighting and temperature at the optimal state
First prize for building engineering (public building) of the 14th Award of Excellent Engineering Survey and Design of Shenzhen 2010
Three-star Award for Green Building Design Labeling 2011
Solar photovoltaic power generation system being rated as a national renewable energy building demonstration project 2008
China Civil Engineering Jeme Tien Yow Award 2011
Excellence prize for public building of the Award for Excellent Design of Building Equipment (Water Supply and Drainage) of the Third Architectural Society of China (ASC) 2012
AIA New York Chapter 2010 Honor Awards of Architecture
Second prize for architectural engineering of National Excellent Engineering Survey and Design Industry Award 2011
First prize of the 7th National Excellent Architectural Structure Design Award 2012
First prize of Excellent Survey and Design Award of Guangdong Province 2011
● Architectural Record “Good Design Is Good Business” China Awards-Best Green Project
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