For the design, we borrowed from the Dragon King’s magical staff that fights off evil, as Sun Wukong does in the original story. Seen as a protector of Shanghai’s ports, the staff is echoed in the design, with the 590-foot viewing tower divided into three sections by golden bands. The chimney stops at 473 feet, leaving plenty of space for the sky wedding venue, a restaurant above the clouds, facilities for the Shanghai Football Club and the 578-foot-high sightseeing platform with 360° views. To reinforce the concept of tidal control staff, the building seems to rise from the water, sitting in a pool with an aquarium under the viewing tower. The bottom is designed as transparent glass, connecting with the underground aquarium, so visitors seem to dive into the sea itself. The facilities include a vertical garden, rock climbing, and skydiving.
The design elevates a requisite ventilation structure to align with the complex’s commercial positioning, transforming a chimney into a new landmark that provides sightseeing and leisure activities for the general public.