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  • <p>For each of the 26 faces of the building, annual solar-heat gain was calculated and its louvers have been calibrated to the orientation of the sun to maximize temperature control and light.</p>
  • <p>The open Untied Bowtie staircase creates a social interaction space at Vanke headquarters.  Daylight is provided by the large skylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting.</p>
  • <p>Throughout the office's public interiors, color, together with the iconic shape of the building, creates a graphic character for China Vanke.</p>
  • <p>Hovering over a tropical garden, this "horizontal skyscraper"- as long as the Empire State Building is tall-is a hybrid building including apartments, a hotel, and the headquarters for Shi's China Vanke.</p>
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    For each of the 26 faces of the building, annual solar-heat gain was calculated and its louvers have been calibrated to the orientation of the sun to maximize temperature control and light.

  • 03 /05

    The open Untied Bowtie staircase creates a social interaction space at Vanke headquarters. Daylight is provided by the large skylight, reducing the need for artificial lighting.

  • 04 /05

    Throughout the office's public interiors, color, together with the iconic shape of the building, creates a graphic character for China Vanke.

  • 05 /05

    Hovering over a tropical garden, this "horizontal skyscraper"- as long as the Empire State Building is tall-is a hybrid building including apartments, a hotel, and the headquarters for Shi's China Vanke.

As founder and chairman of Vanke, China's biggest real-estate developer (2009 revenue: $6.7 billion), Wang Shi could make a fortune off run-of-the-mill dwellings. Instead, the mountain-climbing enthusiast—he's conquered the highest peaks of all seven continents—uses his prowess for good, tapping starchitect Steven Holl to design an eco-friendly "horizontal skyscraper" headquarters for Vanke in Shenzhen, and Urbanus to build migrant workers' housing, inspired by indigenous tulou structures, in Guangzhou.

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