As part of the modern business center plan designed by SOM, China based architect Liu Xisang has recently constructed conical shaped skyscraper in downtown Shaoxing in the Zhejiang province in China. The 137 meter skystructure was inspired by Jiu Zun which are ancient wine glasses, a symbol of the area.
The facade of the building is composed of four layers where the building's first 18 levels slant inward at an angle with the high levels angled forwards. As the structure rises, the structure folds inwards, becoming smaller.
The bottom half of the tower is used for commericial purposes and the higher levels are used for government offices and private corporations. To separate the two levels, there are two separate entrances; one on the south side and one at the north side.
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