Designed by Nick Cordingley at 10 DESIGN, Wuhan Greatwall Complex receives Award of Excellence at CTBUH Awards 2018


Wuhan Greatwall Complex by 10 DESIGN receives Award of Excellence for the Urban Habitat category of CTBUH Awards 2018 in Chicago. This multi award winning project has recently been certified for LEED Platinum and won Silver Award at MIPIM Asia Awards 2017. 

From Left to Right: Tim Johnson (Design Partner at NBBJ), Michelle Tu (Assistant General Manager at Greatwall Construction) and Nick Cordingley (Design Partner at 10 DESIGN) 

The Greatwall Complex has been designed and delivered as an exemplary development in the financial centre of Wuhan in China, providing a world class workplace and retail, a vibrant public realm, as well as a high-performance and sustainable building.

The new complex is a twin tower development. Tower 1 is one of the top ten tallest towers in Wuhan at 242.9m high, the uppermost floors will serve as the client’s new headquarters (Greatwall Construction).  Tower 2 is trademarked by FedEx, which occupies the top floors of the tower.  Together both buildings provide GFA 90,000sqm (Podium GFA is circa 20,000 sqm) of Grade A office space.  The twin towers are linked by 4 floors of podium containing retail and F&B spaces.   

The brief given was for a standard retail mall podium; however, the clients’ vision was in fact for a destination public space.
10 DESIGN tested many possible design options to provide maximum returnable value to the client, but in parallel to give a new civic space in the centre of Wuhan, both for tenants and surrounding residents.

Through a series of processional ramp, 10 DESIGN extended the pedestrian realm of the street up and across the 4 levels of podium and ultimately leading to a new roof garden on the podium.  The processional ramp allowed all retail levels to open up at a new raised ground level, thereby maximizing leasable value for the client. The ramp also presents a unique pedestrian experience in Wuhan, benefitting from dining opportunities and public art, looking back across the city from a raised elevation.