Beijing’s iconic national stadium (The Bird’s Nest) helped make China’s capital one of the most architecturally advanced cities in the world. But a new 10-story tower that’s currently under development may become an even more renowned structure.
The Phoenix International Media Center, designed by Chinese architecture firm BIAD UFo, is due to be completed next year. Its unusual shape, almost mimicking the contours Chicago’s Cloud Gate, will house the eponymous satellite TV provider, as well as additional businesses, residences, and restaurants. A monumental glass façade helps create an atrium that rises 30 meters. And, thanks to robustness of its façade, the interior of the building won’t just be breathtaking, it will also be energy efficient year-round.