Located in Nanning the capital city of the Guangxi province, the Guangxi Financial Investment Center sits along Minzu Boulevard, the primary east-west corridor into the CBD, making it ideal for an iconic gateway. Reaching 1,312 ft (400 m), the tower is meant to create a unique and powerful symbol for Nanning with its simple and strong form. The tower’s unique form begins with a square base that widens out to an octagon in the middle, before elegantly tapering back into a square plan at the top. The glass facets created by the tower’s sculptural form symbolically recalls ASEAN’s logo depicting a bundle of harvested rice tired in the middle. The form subtly shows architecture is given form by its distinctive cultural and contextual influences.