KPF tower heads for completion

Nick Myall
Wednesday 06 Jan 2016

A Kohn Pedersen Fox skyscraper in China is nearing completion after construction was halted in 2013

Located in the new central business district (CBD) of Shenzhen, China, the 599-metre tall Ping An Finance Centre will be the tallest building globally to complete in 2016. 

Designed by US firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) it will take the title of world's tallest office building from One World Trade Center in New York and will be the fourth tallest building on earth.

The project had to be halted in 2013 when it was discovered that concrete made with unprocessed sea sand had been used in the construction, putting the building at risk of collapse, but it is now back on track.

With over 100 office floors and a large podium containing a retail and conference program, the Ping An will become the physical and iconic centre of Shenzhen’s burgeoning CBD.  Located on Lot 1 of the Futian District, at the southwest corner of the intersection of Yi Tian Road and Fu Hua Road, the Ping An IFC will connect to neighbouring commercial and residential properties, as well as to Shenzhen Line 1 Gou Wu Gong Yuan metro station.

The iconic stone and glass tower will rise at the northeast corner of the site, anchoring the development. The tower’s four principle façades will be sheathed in chevron-shaped stone verticals which will extend from the building’s base. These stone verticals will house perimeter columns and be stitched together at the tower’s four corners by eight-storey diagonal braces.

The tower will be connected to a podium containing the retail and conference program to the south. Sheathed in glass and stone, the building will be defined by a large central atrium, which will serve as both a public vestibule and a sun-lit space for meeting, shopping and dining.  Five floors of retail shops will terrace away from the tower, forming a large amphitheatre-like space. This will become the new focal point for the CBD.


Nick Myall

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