china's tallest building: AS+GG reveals plans for 700 meter skyscraper

china's tallest building: AS+GG reveals plans for 700 meter skyscraper

adrian smith + gordon gill architecture (AS+GG) has unveiled plans for a skyscraper in shenzhen, which, if realized, would become the tallest building in china and one of the tallest in the world. named the ‘shenzhen-hong kong international center’, the tower forms part of a larger development — known as the ‘shimao shenzhen longgang masterplan’ — that AS+GG has been selected to complete. ‘the graceful new tower references anthropomorphic characteristics, offering a new sculptural icon for northwest shenzhen’s skyline,’ says the design team.

china skyscraper shenzhen hong kong international center
all images courtesy of adrian smith + gordon gill architecture (AS+GG)



conceived by AS+GG as the focal point of the site, the tower will climb to a total height of approximately 700 meters (2,297 ft). the burj khalifa, the world’s tallest building, is 828 meters in height (2,717 ft), while the tallest building in china — the shanghai tower — tops out at 632 meters (2,073 ft). the shenzhen-hong kong international center will feature one of the world’s highest observation experiences as well as a restaurant, a night club, spa services, and a grand swimming pool. in the evenings, the tower itself will be a visual, sound, and light show.

china skyscraper shenzhen hong kong international center
the tower features a sculptural profile



meanwhile, the mixed-use district that surrounds and connects with the tower contains a five-star hotel, offices, and conference facilities. a major retail facility defines the northeast corner of the site, while a community of apartment towers occupies the northwest section. the masterplan integrates a new public realm that combines cultural and retail programs anchored by a cultural center and a main library. programmed venues have open and enclosed spaces for recreation, leisure, tourism, art, dining, and social gatherings. the site is connected by landscaped promenades with integrated water features.

china skyscraper shenzhen hong kong international center
the development will include of the world’s highest observation experiences



from an environmental standpoint, buildings have been oriented to respond to existing environmental solar conditions for enhanced passive solar control. the development was also designed so that winds predominantly from the east and northeast are funneled into the open spaces to provide natural ventilation. high-performance glass will be used to reduce heat gain, while strategic natural lighting intends to increase human comfort levels. the complex also will have a public transportation center and bus terminal to move large groups of people to and from the site.

china skyscraper shenzhen hong kong international center
the ‘shenzhen-hong kong international center’ is the focal point of the new masterplan



project info:


name: shenzhen-hong kong international center
architect: adrian smith + gordon gill architecture (AS+GG)
shenzhen, china
height: approximately 700 meters (2,297 ft)

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