Harbin Twin Towers Designed By Spatial Practice

Spatial Practice is the architectural office behind the project of Harbin High Speed Railway west train station Twin Towers. The landmark structure is mixed-use and houses office spaces, residential apartments, retail spaces and a connection to a new underground infra-structural hub. The Station in Harbin city will become the northern China gateway, linking major cities with daily high-speed links to Beijing, Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangzhou. Harbin West Station is a transportation hub and the towers fully benefit from sitting on it and being hyper-connected to city’s main infrastructure – distances are shorter and faster business transactions and communication is encouraged. The Towers are the new icon of the Haxi Business Development Zone and they balance the relationship between empty and full, mass and void, private and public. Each tower communicates specifically with the site, with the north SoHo and Service Apartment tower atrium opening toward the Plaza, and the south Office Tower atrium oriented toward the Business District. Harbin’s climate conditions are pretty extreme and as a response to that, interior multi-functional green terraces are injected into the upper atrium spaces, creating comfortable and climate controlled recreational terraces for the luxury residences and promoting a high quality and healthy working environment for the office tower. The towers act as the Digital Gate and frame the city of Harbin, as well as the station. The adjacent plaza is activated by integrated media facades, therefore promoting communication and social interaction between travelers, commuters and residents while the suspended micro-climate atriums create a new typology of indoor spaces that promotes human interactions.