Qingdao Agora

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Official Name Qingdao Agora
Other Names IMC Centre, Wanbang International Shipping Building
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Qingdao
Street Address & Map 234 Yen and 3rd Road
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2011
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Regional Ranking #415 Tallest in Asia
City Ranking #5 Tallest in Qingdao

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer IMC (Qingdao) Property Development Co. Ltd.
Design Beijing Institute of Architectural Design; Tsao and McKown Private
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Project Manager CBRE
Main Contractor Arup
Other Consultant
• Cost WT Partnership
• Energy Concept CEES-Advisors
Material Supplier
• Ceiling Armstrong World Industries

About Qingdao Agora

Qingdao Agora’s design is grounded in the philosophy of portraying a multivalent cultural, social, and economic richness. The structure of the building is inspired by the Chinese tradition of scholar’s rocks, which are used as vehicles for meditation. Like a scholar’s rock or a natural crystalline structure, the glass building sits on a stone base that pitches and bends to create a setting for it. The formal representation of this concept is an angular stone podium which is carved and faceted to form entrances, and a prismatic glass tower sitting upon it.

In contrast to the stereotypical western concept of a tall building as a monolith representing a singular commercial interest, Qingdao Agora was designed to foster a self-sustaining economy and an increasing quality of life for the city’s inhabitants. It is a mixed-use site with residential space, office space, and an intimate-scale commercial street-level activity. The building contains functions to support the daily social and economic needs of its inhabitants—for example a day care, health club facilities, banks—which create a village center for the community.

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