In 2012, MLA+ was commissioned to redesign the Tianxi Twin Towers. Upon completion the twin towers in Chengdu, the capital of Sichuan province in South-Eastern China, became the tallest residential twin towers of the world.

Project Name: Tianxi Twin Towers
Studio Name: MLA+

Location: Chengdu, China
 Chengdu Menli Co.,Ltd.

Two 222m high residential towers,  110.000m2 total floor space, residential with community plinth, restaurant and fitness club.

Photo credits: Vlad Feoktistov

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©Vlad Feoktistov

As part of the redesign, the communal spaces on the ground floor and the tower tops, as well as the complete façade strategy, were revised. The glass façade is decorated with a high contrast pattern that wraps the towers like a fabric. This powerful design is executed as a modular, prefabricated system – an intelligent and cost effective way to combine expressive image and smart technical solution.

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©Vlad Feoktistov

During the design process, our local developer client Menli partnered with the international brand Armani/Casa to strengthen the branding of the project. Armani is responsible for the interior design of the project.

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©Vlad Feoktistov

2012 Concept
2013 Concept revision, Design Development
2014 Construction drawings
2015 – 2017 Construction

2013 UN Global Habitat Award for International Communities as part of the Chengdu Mandarin Oriental and Armani Arts project

MLA+: Reza Al-Kaabi, Markus Appenzeller, Mario Barkley, Markus Diem, Gerard Maccreanor, Martin Probst, Ken Thompson, Roland Winkler, Jing Zhou
Interior: Armani/Casa
Landscape: Bensley Design Studio


MLA+ works on urban planning, landscape design, architecture and consultancy projects globally, with more than 30 years of experience and a total staff of 200+ employees in Rotterdam, London, Berlin, Saint Petersburg, Moscow, Shanghai and Shenzhen.


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