Design Inspiration for Shum Yip Upperhills

A new destination in the center of Shenzhen, the Shum Yip Upperhills complex will feature two landmark towers, a ballroom pavilion, and a large elevated pedestrian park. In these two videos, SOM leaders discuss their inspiration for the expansive project. SOM Design Partner Gary Haney shares his concept for the two skyscrapers, citing inspirations that range from his affinity for sailing to the motivations of Austrian daredevil Felix Baumgartner. SOM Design Director Aybars Asci discusses the Memory Cube ballroom pavilion, explaining how the notion of a carefully composed, timeless photograph inspired the design of the distinctive building.