As a major centre of manufacturing industries for both export and domestic markets, Suzhou Industrial Park requires a diverse range of support services, including financial and banking services for businesses and individuals.
The 20 storey Merchant Bank building, provides more than 30,000 m2 of space for banking and financial services.
Two slender planes of polished granite appear to support a glazed tower over a horizontal podium. The regular grid of recessed 1m x 1m windows, including operable windows, creates an ambiguous sense of scale as a large stone screen.
Screens are used in traditional Chinese architecture to frame views, filter sunlight, and provide a sense of privacy whilst maintaining a strong connection to the outside.
A podium a roof garden enjoys panoramic views along the adjacent canal.
The tower’s western façade is formed by a clear low-e glazed dual wall system incorporating interconnecting stairs and an informal wintergarden meeting space.