Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
 

2011 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia
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Guangzhou International Finance Center  

Guangzhou International Finance Center, Guangzhou, China
Completion Date: 2010
Height: 440 m (1,444 ft)
Stories: 103
Gross Floor Area: 250,095 m² (2,692,000 ft²)
Use: Hotel/Office
Owner/Developer: Yue Xiu Group
Design Architect: Wilkinson Eyre Architects
Associate Architect: Architectural Design and Research Institute of South China University  of

Technology (ADRISCUT)
Structural Engineer:
ADRISCUT; Arup
MEP Engineer:
ADRISCUT; Arup
Project Manager: Yue Xiu Group
Main Contractor: China State Construction Engineering Corporation Ltd;
Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group Co Ltd

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The slender crystalline form of the Guangzhou International Finance Center is both elegant and clean. Each of the three façades of the curved triangular plan are also gently curved in section, set out asymmetrically with the widest point at a third of the height, tapering to its narrowest point at the top. The building’s aerodynamic form reduces the impact of wind at height, thereby reducing the necessary size and weight of the structure. The building utilizes the world’s tallest constructed diagrid structure, whose inherent stiffness resists acceleration and sway, eliminating the need for damping.

The building has an elegant simplicity in both form and structure, with the diagrid giving depth, strength and character to the building. It is also great to see the British adept at designing supertall buildings!
  –  Antony Wood, Awards Juror, CTBUH Executive Director, Illinois Instiute of Technology