The world's tallest twin towers to be built in China
Soaring 1km high in the sky
The 1 kilometre-tall Phoenix Towers will dominate a newly developed 47-hectare site on an island in a lake that stands in the metropolis of Wuhan, functioning as a one-of-a-kind tourist attraction that could also help purify the city's polluted air and water. No mean feat.
London-based design firm Chetwoods Architects were instructed to create a structure that would distinguish Wuhan from other major Chinese cities. In turn, it designed two adjacent towers loaded with unique features and architecture.
One will house the world's tallest 'living wall', a garden that grows vertically through its interior while the other tower is set to contain the world's tallest kaleidoscope. The buildings will also have suspended restaurants situated in large globes and will be connected by skywalks, hovering between the two structures.
The impressive Phoenix Towers will become one of the country's most popular landmarks. Catering to Chinese people who have yet to travel abroad, plazas and streets inspired from different countries will also be built, creating a world of foreign cultures in one place.
There will be a 'Turkish Plaza' planned to contain a bazaar-style market, a Japanese street featuring restaurants and shops and a 'France Zone' that will replicate a typical French area.
The two towers will be named Feng and Huang after two mythical Chinese birds, and house a mixture of offices, hotels, residential spaces, shops and leisure facilities.
The £1.2 billion futuristic development is awaiting final approval from Wuhan's mayor, with construction expected to begin next year, the towers are set to be fully operational by 2018.