A futuristic glass skyscraper shaped like a blooming flower is being built on one of Hong Kong's most expensive plots of land – here's an early look

  • Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for a 36-story glass tower in Hong Kong inspired by a budding flower.
  • Set to open by 2022 on a city block in Hong Kong Central, according to design magazine Dezeen, the tower will serve as an urban oasis.
  • Here's an early look at the tower, which will come with tree-filled balconies, an above-ground running track, and rooftop banquet hall.
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Zaha Hadid Architects has revealed the design for 36-story glass tower inspired by a native Hong Kong flower.

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Set to open by 2022, the building will span an entire city block in Central, Hong Kong's financial district.

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In 2017, developer Henderson Land purchased the plot for HK $23.3 billion ($3 billion), setting a sale record at the time. A parking lot currently sits on the land.

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Designed as a multi-purpose urban oasis, the Zaha Hadid tower will connect to the city's network of elevated pedestrian walkways.

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The main level of the building will be elevated above the ground to align with the pathways.

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On the ground level, courtyards and gardens will merge into adjacent public parks.

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Tree-filled balconies and an outdoor space with a running track will offer visitors respite throughout the day …

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… and a banquet hall on the the top floor will boast bird's-eye views of the surrounding city.

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Zaha Hadid Architects modeled the skyscraper after the native Hong Kong orchid tree featured on the country's flag.

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"The design reinterprets the structural forms and layering of a Bauhinia bud about to blossom," the studio said in a press release.

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This is not Zaha Hadid Architects' first rodeo when it comes to cityscape-defining towers. Back in January, the firm completed the One Thousand Museum, a 62-story residential tower in downtown Miami, that cost $300 million to build.

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