Soaring more than 800 feet above the city, Jiangxi Commerce Union Center lies within Nanchang’s new central business district. Inspired by the region’s natural beauty, the center’s two towers—an office high-rise and mixed-use building—anchor a retail mall and offer panoramic views of the Gan River and Nanchang’s cityscape.
In designing the towers, HOK’s team found inspiration in the sculptural form of the ceramic vases produced in the Jiangxi region. Tapering at the top and bottom, the smooth, undulating facade creates a distinct appearance that, like the river, appears to change shape when viewed from different angles.
The retail mall’s canopy offers a unique indoor-outdoor experience that features international brands and dining facilities.
For the interior design of the 277-room Nanchang Westin hotel in the north tower, the team sought to visually convey the rich history of the province and the entrepreneurial spirit of its people. The hotel atrium offers a contemporary interpretation of the siheyuan, a traditional Chinese courtyard house that historically has represented the mercantile essence of local residents. Thirteen floors of guestrooms surround this atrium and its views onto a courtyard garden. Fine art displays on each floor showcase contemporary interpretations of traditional crafts such as ceramics and carved jade sculptures.
Additional HOK-designed amenities include three signature restaurants, an executive lounge, a sky bar, pool and wellness facilities, and a conference space with a ballroom.