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Tuesday 31 Aug 2010

SOM celebrate completion of China World Trade Tower in Beijing's CBD

Yesterday Skidmore, Owings & Mettill LLP (SOM) and China World Trade Center Co. Ltd., officially opened the China World Trade Tower after the successful completion of the third and most recent stage of development, timed to coincide with the 20th anniversary of the China World Trade Center. Soaring at an impressive 330m, the 81-storey tower is now the tallest structure in Beijing and was voted 3rd on a list of tall buildings compiled by CTBUH in the beginning of this year.

A mixed-use facility, the China World Trade Tower consists of office, meeting and restaurant space, topped with the luxurious China World Summit Wing, a Shangri-la hotel. The development also includes a four-storey above-grade expansion to the underground China World Mall, a grand ballroom and retail podium with rooftop Pine Garden and landscaped water-garden.

Famed for their extravagantly tall buildings, SOM are also responsible for designing the Burj Khalifa and Chicago's Trump Tower. Expressing clear delight in the finished structure, design architect and partner at SOM, Brian Lee commented: “SOM is proud to take Beijing’s skyline to a new height with the completion of the China World Trade Tower. Not only does the Tower emphatically mark the Central Business District but the development also provides citizens of Beijing with quality buildings and open space for business, shopping, hospitality, culture, education and enjoyment in a high density urbane environment.”

And so it does. A smattering of open spaces and courts have been included in an effort to energise the streetscape and provide a pedestrian civic setting for the development whilst the distinctive signature form easily differentiates the building from its neighbours in Beijing’s Central Business District whilst remaining in context with the surrounding urban environment.

The LEED Gold project has undergone extensive analysis and testing to ensure it is capable of withstanding Beijing’s regular seismic tremors, resulting in a moment frame structure with outrigger and belt trusses. Crystalline walls layered with fritted glass and metal fins which serve as vertical sunshades and maximise daylighting give the towering structure its glistening appearance as the undulating glass walls catch the sun.

Additional credits

Local Project Architect : Wong & Tung International Ltd.
Structural Engineer : Ove Arup & Partners, HK Ltd.
M&E Engineer : Parsons Brinckerhoff (Asia) Ltd. and WS Atkins International Ltd.
Façade Consultant : SOM and Meinhardt Façade Technology
Landscape Consultant : SWA San Francisco and TOPO Design Group
Interior Designer : Hirsch Bedner Associates, Tihany Design, LRF Designers Ltd.

Sian Disson
News Editor

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