Danish design firm, Finnish KONE win contracts new buildings

KONE, the Finnish, global leader in the elevator and escalator industry has landed several new contracts in China during 2015, of which one the buildings is designed by Danish firm BIG, which won the international competition for the Shenzhen International Energy Mansion.

Its people flow solutions will be installed at several following projects, of which the Shenzhen sustainable skyscraper tower for the Shenzhen Energy Company is designed by the Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG, in collaboration with ARUP and Transsolar.


Hangzhou G.T. Land Plaza
KONE, a global leader in the elevator and escalator industry, has won an order to supply 94 elevators and escalators to Hangzhou GT Land Jumeirah, a multi-use building situated in the city of Hangzhou, Zhejiang Province in Eastern China.

Designed by the internationally renowned SOM architecture company, Hangzhou G.T. Land Plaza contains a high-end hotel, office space, a shopping mall and serviced apartments. Located in an emerging central business district, Qianjiang River New Town, in Hangzhou, the building will feature three towers with 46 floors each.

This business district comes with easy access to the West Lake area, renowned for its natural beauty and rich cultural heritage. This new development seeks to explore the forward optimism and rich history of the area. The spirit of the famous West Lake is captured through the attention to scale and multiple textured facades, creating an urban spectacle that is able to convey the building’s sense of calm.

To create a smooth ride experience that complements the architectural design and the expectations of the customer and the building visitors, KONE will deliver 32 KONE MiniSpace(TM) elevators, 20 KONE MonoSpace® elevators and 42 KONE TravelMaster(TM) escalators. The building will also feature KONE’s Destination Control System and E-Link monitoring system for optimized people flow.

Hangzhou G.T. Land Plaza is developed by GaoDi (Hangzhou) Real Estate Development Co., Ltd and will be built by China Construction First Building Group Co., Ltd.

Hangzhou GT Land Jumeirah, as in the name, will feature a 250-room, luxury hotel from Jumeirah Group, the Dubai-based luxury hospitality company.


Shenzhen’s sustainable skyscraper in China – new benchmarking in the city
KONE will deliver 28 eco-efficient elevators to Shenzhen International Energy Mansion, the new headquarters of Shenzhen Energy Group, the largest state-owned enterprise in Shenzhen. KONE was chosen as key equipment supplier for its ability to meet the requirements of the design specifications and its high-level focus on eco-efficiency.

Designed by world-renowned architecture firms BIG and ARUP, Shenzhen International Energy Mansion will include two 218m and 116m tall towers and its total construction area will be 143,000 square meters. Planned to withstand the tropical climate of the city, the building complex will feature a unique ‘folding façade’ system that shades the interior from the sun. With this environmentally intelligent design and KONE’s sustainable people flow solutions, Shenzhen International Energy Mansion will become a new benchmark for sustainable office buildings in the city.

Shenzhen International Energy Mansion will feature 28 eco-efficient KONE MiniSpace(TM) elevators and remote KONE E-Link(TM) monitoring system which connects the elevators to the building’s facility management system. Located in the central political, cultural and business district of the city, the building is due for completion in 2017.

“We are proud that our people flow solutions will be featured in these modern eco-towers to ensure the best possible flow of workers and visitors,” says William B. Johnson, Executive Vice President for KONE Greater China.

Danish architects Bjarke Ingels Group, BIG, in collaboration with ARUP and Transsolar, won the international competition to design the low-energy tower for the Shenzhen Energy Company in Shenzhen, China.

The 200m-tall headquarters features a folded facade to shade the interior from the sun while solar panels help to reduce energy use by 60%.

The purpose of the international design competition was to find a sustainable and efficient solution. The 96,000 square meter project will be integrated with the surrounding environment and designed to withstand the tropical climate of the city. BIG’s winning proposal was selected by the jury experts from Shenzhen Municipal Planning Bureau chaired by Alejandro Zaera-Polo and client representatives.

The headquarters rises 200 meters creating a new landmark visible from the highway in the cultural, political and business center of Shenzhen. BIG envisions combining a practical and efficient floor plan layout with a sustainable façade that both, passively and actively reduce the energy consumption of the building. The façade is conceived as a folded skin that shades the office complex from direct sunlight and integrates solar thermal panels, reducing the overall energy consumption of the building.


The design evolution in the project is described by BIG: “Today, the skyscraper needs to evolve into a new sustainable species. It must retain its highly evolved qualities such as flexibility, daylight, views, density and general usability while advancing new and untested attributes such as ways of combining maximum daylight exposure with minimal sunshine exposure or integrated ways of limiting the need for cooling.”

“By folding the façade in an origami like shape we achieve a structure with closed and open parts. The closed parts provide a highly-insulated façade, while blocking the direct sunlight. On the outside the closed parts are fitted with solar thermal heat panels that power the air conditioning and provide dehumidification for the working spaces.”

Lanzhou’s new landmark building in Gansu Province, China
KONE will also equip Lanzhou International Commercial Trade Center in Gansu province, Northwest China with 62 elevators. The multi-use building will bring 85,000 square meters of office and commercial space and a Hilton hotel to the city’s central commercial district.

To deliver an energy-efficient system enabling a smooth and efficient flow of people in the 32-floor hotel building and 40-floor commercial tower, KONE will supply the building complex with 28 KONE MiniSpace(TM) elevators and 34 KONE MonoSpace® elevators. To further maximize people flow and reliability, KONE elevators are connected to the KONE E-Link(TM) monitoring system, and provide real-time information on the status of the equipment and statistical reports on performance.

“The city of Lanzhou is growing rapidly. We’re excited to be part of this development and guarantee smooth people flow at this high-profile building,” says William B. Johnson, Executive Vice President for KONE Greater China.

Lanzhou International Commercial Trade Center is constructed by Lanzhou Oriental Friendship Commercial Trade Center, a joint venture of Lanzhou government and Fujian Dongbai Group Co., Ltd. The building is expected to be completed in 2016.

Images: BIG

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