BIG‘s latest project involves the design for the $2.35 billion Rose Rock International Finance Center, a key project included in SOM’s masterplan for the Tianjin Binhai New Area CBD in China. Bjarke Ingels is working with HKS Architecture and Arup to release a terraced tower reminiscent of the Rockefeller Center in New York, promoted as the key to transforming Tianjin into the “financial center of Northern China.” This tower will overcome the scale the Rockefeller Center brought to New York’s skyline in the 1930’s, reaching over 1,929 feet into the air, making it one of the tallest buildings in the world, and will seek to create an “architectural landscape of urban plazas and roof gardens designed to stimulate and cultivate the life between the buildings.” This iconic centerpiece will stand next to a new commercial neighborhood southeast of Tianjin that includes a mix of high-rises, historic sites, parks, and a high-speed rail station connecting it to the coast. The Rose Rock IFC will be the “center of gravity,” attracting overseas investors and innovative financial enterprises from East and West and will promote Yujiapu as a center for sustainable success to the world.
SOM’s masterplan for Tianjin Binhai New Area CBD is currently undergoing development, with phase 1 buildings and the high speed rail station currently under construction. Occupancy is expected by 2012, while full build-out of the CBD is expected by 2025.