Breaking Through the Podium Mold to Enhance the Public Realm
The Greatwall Complex has been designed and delivered as an exemplary development in the financial center of Wuhan, China, providing a world-class workplace and retail center, a vibrant public realm, as well as a high-performance and sustainable building. Its twin towers are linked by four floors of podium containing retail and food & beverage (F&B) spaces.
Through a series of open terrace spaces, the realm of the street extends up and across the four levels of podium. The new public spaces offer diverse amenities, including F&B terraces, art sculptures, water curtain wall, multimedia roof garden, and amphitheater.
The optimum solution defines a new civic space right in front of the building, connected through a series of processional ramp 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, while presenting a unique pedestrian experience in Wuhan.