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Facts

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
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2011
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Regional Ranking #308 Tallest in Asia
City Ranking #4 Tallest in Qingdao

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer IMC (Qingdao) Property Development Co. Ltd.
Architect
Design Beijing Institute of Architectural Design; Tsao and McKown Private
Structural Engineer
Design Arup
MEP Engineer
Design Arup
Project Manager CBRE
Main Contractor Arup

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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