Hongqiao Central Business District now features an energy-efficient Flower Building designed by MVRDV. It is the first building in the district and is expected to receive a 3-star Green Building Label – the best energy performance rating available in China.

The Flower Building was built in a precise manner that would be efficient and effective. It consists of four towers that have a telescopic appearance to create shading. The top level of all four towers is merged together into the shape of a four-petal flower with a cutout in the center to allow light to pass through. The exterior consists of highly insulated GRC panels and large windows. The four towers are also rounded to reduce material use. It is quite remarkable to see architecture be constructed in a manner that is breathtaking, yet be environmentally friendly.

Hongqiao Central Business District will hold nine additional green-roofed energy-efficient buildings.