Global engineering firm Atkins have unveiled designs for Window of Guangzhou, a bold development comprising of two buildings resembling ‘floating’ windows followed by a third 208m-high tower.

Described by Atkins as “unusual”, the structures are designed to spell out “001″ in reference to Guangzhou’s position as the first Chinese city open to international trade.

The visually dramatic buildings frame views of both the city and the Pearl River on which they are located.

Green architecture design principles, such as solar shading and optimal air flow through the buildings, have been integrated to provide shelter from Guangzhou’s hot and humid climate.

The development was commissioned by China Communications Construction Company (CCCC), one of China’s most powerful state-owned enterprises, and will create high-end office facilities for the city.

Window of Guangzhou is slated for completion in 2018.

Courtesy World Architecture News