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Shintai Tower

Quindao, CHINA


The Shintai Towers design is inspired by the meaning and worshipping of rock stacking.


Rock stacking has carried spiritual meaning across cultures for centuries.

The act of balancing stones carries with it a practice of patience and a physical effort of creating balance.


Each rock can signify an intention of grace for thankfulness, or offered up for another in need. Connecting nature in this externalized expression is uplifting and very powerful tool for expanding the spirit.


Rock balancing can also be a performance art, a spectacle, or a devotion, depending upon the interpretation by its audience, and stones are a natural element to reflect the balance between man-made structures and nature.


The Shintai tower appears to be an abstracted form of  rock stacking composition, however  it has that resemblance if observed from any direction, but the back of the tower, which cannot be seen from any perspective, conceals the fact that the garden spaces between each monumental element are actually connecting to each other. This pathway connects from the top of the tower to the bottom allowing the tenants of each open floor to visually connect to nature while working and have the option to reach the upper or lower floors through gardens rather than making use of elevators.