Beijing Unveils Its Highest Skyscraper That Rises Above The City’s Skyline
By Yimin Huang, 08 Oct 2019
Beijing’s highest skyscraper, CITIC tower, stands at 528 meters (1,732 feet). It is also the eighth tallest building in the world and the fourth tallest in China.
Designed by US architectural firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF), the monument, also known as China Zun, adds to the city’s skyline with its unique shape and height that clearly towers over surrounding buildings.
Li Lei, the design director at KPF, told Dezeen that the company envisioned the tower as the “centerpiece” for the city’s CBD that would bridge its heritage with modernity.
Just like its name, the skyscraper’s shape is inspired by a zun, a “bronze or ceramic vessel” that originated from the Bronze Age. The tower is broadest at its highest and lowest points, giving it a concave shape. Its base floor is the widest, measuring 78 meters (256 feet), while the narrowest floor in the middle measures only 54 meters (177 feet).
Lei also emphasized on the design’s “abstraction” of the zun’s “elegant form” and its “gradual” change in shape.
Some highlights in the tower’s interior design include glass roofs on the ground floor, a curtain wall that “folds out at the base” and a transparent observation hall.
Check out closeup shots of the iconic building below.
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CITIC Tower is officially Beijing’s tallest building. The tower becomes a crown jewel for the capital and ushers in a new model of supertall architecture: one that is sympathetic to history and culture while remaining formally and technologically innovative. 🎥+📷: @hgeschphotography #Beijing #supertall #architecture #kohnpedersenfox
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CITIC Tower, the 1,731-foot (528-meter) skyscraper, is currently Beijing’s tallest and the world’s eighth tallest building. Uniquely designed to resemble a ceremonial wine vessel called a “zun” (and thus the reason for locals calling it China Zun), it is set to be completed this year. It is the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. CITIC Tower’s building was designed by Kohn Pendersen Fox Associates (@kohnpedersenfox), the firm behind many of China and the world’s most ambitious skyscrapers. It tapers at its "waist,” allowing it to integrate with its surroundings. From a 255-foot-wide base (78 meters), the skyscraper narrows to just 177 feet (54 meters) across, before widening again to 233 feet (69 meters). Its façade flares out at the bottom, creating a canopy over the ground level and mirroring its trumpet-like top. ALT, along with skilled architects and engineers, utilized parametric modeling to greatly expedite the design and coordination process to ensure that the design achieved both an iconic form and a solid structural system. Images from @kohnpedersenfox #ALTCladding #ALTLimited #CITICTower #ChinaZun #FacadeConsultant #Cladding #CurtainWall
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