Weilun Xu and Chenyi Zhang from the Tongji University in Shanghai explained their vision for a novel skyscraper for modern China:
“A facade in architecture is not only a part of the architecture itself but also an interface with the world outside. Therefore, a facade can well be seen as a medium that integrates the inner space and the outside space. This design is not only symbolic of the traditional Chinese culture but also a practice of new technologies attempting to highlight natural light in terms of time and space.
This high-rise is situated in the most prosperous economic center of Shanghai. As an economic center of a huge developing country, Shanghai is developing at an exponential speed. The old city as well as the life-style of the old city is disappearing swiftly. Unfortunatley, the demise of chinese life-style may result in oblivion of the traditional Chinese aesthetics. This building is aimed at producing a subtle sense of Chinese beauty like a cheongsam flower. It studies the relations between sunlight and time to achieve geometric variables based on the instant relations between different surfaces.”