Bulgarian firm, Sonik Module will be hoping that their incredible dragon design impresses the judges as much as it has people who have already witnessed it.
The staggering piece of architecture would dominate the skyline of the Suzhou Creek area of Shanghai, spiraling its way over water and land, touching ground at various points for people to enter and exit.
The building would act as both residential and office space, but its main pulling factor is its aesthetic presence. The conceptual design has been named Sity, relating to the amalgam of the terms Shanghai City, Super City, Spiral City and Structure.
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Re-Thinking Shanghai 2012 will look through the various candidates in due course, and even once a winner is decided, it is not guaranteed that the project will be put into commission, with further pitches required from the designers to ensure their designs’ capabilities. However, Sity is thought to be an avenue of tourism and attraction as well as a practical location.
Working alongside New Bulgarian University and the University of Forestry in Sofia, Sonik Module hope that Sity will bridge the gap between new and old China, using the mythical dragon design as a symbolic monolith at the centre of Shanghai. At 60 stories high, it is less clear as to how the interior will be developed, but it is thought that elevators and walkways will be put in place to aid movement within the complex building.
Sity will also soar over a man-made river and park, with pedestrians able to access it via roads, river and subway lines. Visually coming across more as a piece of art, innovation and spectacle, the design is bound to catch the eye of the Re-Thinking Shanghai 2012 team, and if it does come into fruition, then the intrigue over the project is bound to intensify globally in anticipation.
Anastas Kanev, Project Co-Author has spoken of his optimism: "I really hope that the people of Shanghai will enjoy and try to realise project Sity, because all of this is new urbanism and architecture for dynamic, ecologically and real sustainable life in the city. “The effect is sure to be very good in macroscale."