Every year, Bentley Systems holds its Year in Infrastructure conference, which sets the stage for the Be Inspired Awards. These awards put the spotlight into projects from across the globe and from various industries, from building and construction to mining to project delivery.

This year’s Innovation in Building finalists presented their projects on Nov. 1 before the winners were announced on the evening of Nov. 2. The winner? The Hanking Center Tower by Morphosis.

The base of the Hanking Center Tower, presented at the Year in Infrastructure conference. (Image courtesy of Morphosis.)

The base of the Hanking Center Tower, presented at the Year in Infrastructure conference. (Image courtesy of Morphosis.)

Hanking Center Tower is a 1,148-ft (350-m) mixed-use building in Shenzhen, Guangdong, China. It has a unique design; the base, full of folded angles that resemble an origami shape, houses retail and dining space, while the remainder of the tower is reserved for offices.

 

A Unique Core

So what got the tower its winning title?

The defining feature of the structure is its structural steel…

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