The Two Pillars of Eastlake

The Two Pillars of Eastlake




Highrise,Hotel,Mixed Use,Office,Residential,Not realized

Ufa Cinema Center Town Town - Erdberg Office Tower

Project Description

The Two Pillars of Eastlake - An Urban Garden


The Two Pillars of Eastlake - An Urban Garden

Water – the source of Hangzhou’s identity - is the source of orientation and serves to establish the identity for this new Urban Garden in the “Eastlake” district in Hangzhou, as well as act as the main organizing feature for the buildings surrounding it. The garden’s main elements are the two 300 meter towers proposed by Coop Himmelb(l)au. With their subtly corresponding shape the Two Pillars towers are inspired by the Pagodas and towers of Westlake, but also reflective of the contemporary, dynamic technology displayed by their characteristic superstructure, the paired objects use the concept of Composed Balance found in the perspectives of the Chinese Garden to create a positive tension between different elements.

This unifying force created by a sculptural and dynamic relationship of solid and void and between the soft and hard shapes, creates visual balance in a manner more complex and nuanced than simple symmetry of two identical objects.
Reflecting their different respective functions of Office and Hotel, and like “Brother and Sister”, the two towers each have a different geometric principal but share a common architectural language. They are different corresponding to their function, but work together so that the overall effect is more than the sum of the parts.

Functionally and formally the Two Pillars are placed on top of a boat-like podium floating in the center of Eastlake with a central atrium opening towards the river and the Olympic facilities. The lower parts of the “Boat” plinth contain the parking, delivery and mechanical facilities. All access ways and support functions, such as shopping, conference, ballrooms and parking are located in the “Boat”. Fluid bridges and pathways connect it to the shores of Eastlake and the multifunctional uses of the district.



  • 120 000 m² Gross Floor Area
  • 77 600 m² Site Area
  • 300 m Buildings Height




COOP HIMMELB(L)AU Wolf D. Prix/ W. Dreibholz & Partner ZT GmbH
Principal in Charge: Wolf D. Prix
Project Partners: Karolin Schmidbaur , Michael Volk
Design Architect: Quirin Krumbholz
Project Architects: Pete Rose, Veronika Janovska
Project Team: Lei Feng, Tyler Bornstein, Simon Diesendruck, Ana Santos,
Anne Arildsen Vangsgaard, Daniel Moral, Tamara Soto, Alan Hung,
Thomas Hindelang, Young Jin Kim, Volker Gessendorfer,
Jan Rancke, Benjamin Schmidt
Model Building: Paul Hoszowsky, Sebastian Buchta


Structural Engineering: B+G Ingenieure, Bollinger und Grohmann GmbH, Frankfurt, Germany


Built Unbuilt

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