Tencent Seafront Tower – A Case Study on Façade Engineering as Functional Patterns

CK Dickson Wong
Senior Facade Consultant
Inhabit Group, Hong Kong

A methodology that façade engineers commonly use to understand and detail a façade element is to break it down into "functional patterns" – principles that are analogically applied where certain relationships between tectonic elements are identified – thus allowing façade engineers to logically deduce solutions that are specific to the geometry and structural conditions of the façade element that is being dealt with. This presentation took the Tencent Seafront Towers as an example to study how the façade engineers creatively interpreted the tectonic relationships of different façade elements in a geometrically complex façade system, and applied functional patterns to a geometrically complex façade in order to ensure that both the performance and aesthetic requirements of the façade systems were fulfilled.

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