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The ancient city of Jinan, fondly called ‘Spring City’ because of the 72 famous artesian springs in the capital, is formally entering the era of skyscrapers. The design of its latest and tallest addition, the Greenland Puli Center, is inspired by the natural hot springs of Jinan. The building reaches for the sky like a geyser and powerfully anchors the complex at its most urban corner. The elegant triangular tower wears a repetitive pattern of metal fins which create a wave-like texture across the facade. The fins serve both as shades to the exterior and light absorbers when the sun moves around the building. The design leverages the movement of the sun to get a shimmering effect across the building, much like glittering light on water. Water forms the central theme of this project not only in design but also in operation. This super tall and high-end commercial complex, which houses a shopping mall and an office tower, is expected to see thousands of people access the building every day. The challenge then is to keep the flow of people seamless – just like water. To cope with massive people flow, experienced KONE experts meticulously planned the elevator solutions for the Greenland Puli Center. They studied different areas of the building, noted its requirements and then equipped elevators that matched specific needs. For instance, to reach the scenic lobby on the 60th floor, KONE delivered two high-rise elevators that travel at a speed of 6m/s. It only takes a dozen seconds to get from the ground level into the clouds. A truly thrilling experience, for those who take the ride.