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    Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre becomes the fifth tallest building in the World: CTUBH

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    Image caption: Guangzhou Ctf Finance Centre Image source: Guangzhou Ctf Finance Centre Guangzhou Ctf Finance Centre

    The Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) has certified the completion of Guangzhou CTF Finance Centre, located within the booming Zhujiang New Town business district.  At 530 meters it is the tallest building in Guangzhou, second tallest in China, and fifth tallest worldwide.  Developed by New World Development Company and designed by Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates (KPF), this supertall skyscraper rounds out a trio of Guangzhou’s tallest structures, including Guangzhou International Finance Center and Canton Tower, all centered around Huacheng Square, the city’s premier urban park and the central axis of Zhujiang New Town.  Below, a subterranean retail concourse connects the mixed-use skyscraper with transport interchanges, directly integrating the project into the city and the wider Pearl River Delta region. The tower’s elevation is defined by a series of subtle terra cotta mullions running the full length of its height, accentuating its verticality. The material selection cleverly references both Chinese architectural traditions and early skyscraper design, while also providing environmental benefits in the form of reduced embodied energy, corrosion-resistance, and sun shading. It is the tallest application of terra cotta in the world.  The building adopts a megacolumn outrigger core system to achieve its spectacular height. A square core together with eight concrete megacolumns provides primary structural support, while four levels of steel outriggers and six sets of double-layer belt trusses provide additional lateral stability.

    Source: ctbuh.org

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