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First look: RMJM’s 'jumping fish' tower design for the Chinese Riviera

The tower's fish-jumping gesture is meant to symbolize the prosperity and rapid transformation of the city.

August 15, 2014 |
Renderings courtesy RMJM

A step closer to getting up to par with its architecturally glitzy neighbors, Macau, Hong Kong, and Shenzhen, the city of Zhuhai, China, has selected a design by Scottish architecture firm RMJM as the winner of a competition for the newest addition to the city's skyline: the Doumen Observation Tower. 

The tower is proposed to be built on the intersection of two rivers in the city's Doumen district, DeZeen reports. It was designed by RMJM’s Shenzhen office to mimic the movement of water and aquatic life in the coastal city on the Pearl River Delta, a tourist hotspot dubbed the Chinese Riviera.

“The movement of water and fish can be seen as origin of the initial idea,” project architect Zhenyuan Yang told DeZeen. “The fish-jumping gesture should symbolize the prosperity and rapid transformation of the city.”


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