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Guangzhou International Finance Center , China

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PostPosted: Fri Jul 01, 2011 7:45 pm    Post subject: Guangzhou International Finance Center , China Reply with quote

2011 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia

Guangzhou International Finance Center            

Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou, China
Completion Date: 2010
Height: 440 m (1,444 ft)
Stories: 103
Gross Floor Area: 250,095 m² (2,692,000 ft²)
Use: Hotel/Office
Owner/Developer: Yue Xiu Group
Design Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Associate Architect: Architectural Design and Research Institute of South China University  of
Technology (ADRISCUT)
Structural Engineer: ADRISCUT; Arup
MEP Engineer: ADRISCUT; Arup
Project Manager: Yue Xiu Group
Main Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd;
Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co Ltd

Construction of the building, designed by Wilkinson Eyre, broke ground in December 2005. When complete, the building will be used as a conference centre, hotel and office building. Floors 1 to 66 are used as office, floors 67 to 68 are mechanical equipment, floors 69 to 98 as a Four Seasons Hotel and in floors 99 and 100 is an observation deck. The hotel lobby is located on the 70th floor. The building was completed in 2010.

The building was previously known as Guangzhou West Tower and had a related project, the proposed Guangzhou East Tower which, at 475 m (1,558 ft), would have been even taller, though that project has been awarded to a different design by Kohn Pedersen Fox, the 530 m (1,740 ft) tall Chow Tai Fook Centre

The slender crystalline form of the Guangzhou International Finance Center is both elegant and clean. Each of the three façades of the curved triangular plan are also gently curved in section, set out asymmetrically with the widest point at a third of the height, tapering to its narrowest point at the top. The building’s aerodynamic form reduces the impact of wind at height, thereby reducing the necessary size and weight of the structure. The building utilizes the world’s tallest constructed diagrid structure, whose inherent stiffness resists acceleration and sway, eliminating the need for damping.

“The building has an elegant simplicity in both form and structure, with the diagrid giving depth, strength and character to the building. It is also great to see the British adept at designing supertall buildings!”
  –  Antony Wood, Awards Juror, CTBUH Executive Director, Illinois Instiute of Technology
For more details visit:http://www.wilkinsoneyre.com/projects/guangzhou-international-finance-centre.aspx?category=office
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