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Official Name Pearl River Tower
Type building
Status Completed
Country China
City Guangzhou
Street Address 128 Linhe Dong Road, Tianhe District (Map)
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2005
Start of Construction 2006
Completion 2012
Global Ranking #60 tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #29 tallest in Asia (excluding the Middle East)
National Ranking #23 tallest in China
City Ranking #4 tallest in Guangzhou
Height: Architectural 309.4 meter / 1015 feet
Height: Occupied 289.9 meter / 951 feet
Height: To Tip 309.4 meter / 1015 feet
Floors Above Ground 71
Floors Below Ground 5
# of Elevators 29
Top Elevator Speed 9 m/s
Tower GFA 165,840 m² / 1,785,087 ft²
Development GFA 214,100 m² / 2,304,553 ft²
# of Parking Spaces 852
Companies Involved
Owner/Developer The Guangzhou Pearl River Tower Properties
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Architect of Record Guangzhou Design Institute
Structural Engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
MEP Engineer Skidmore, Owings & Merrill
Main Contractor Shanghai Construction Group
Other Consultants
Other Consultants Meinhardt
• Acoustics Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
• Fire Rolf Jensen & Associates
• Landscape SWA
Vertical Transportation Fortune Shepler Consulting
• Wind RWDI
Material Suppliers
• Elevator Otis Elevator Company
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation
About Pearl River Tower
Using some of the most sophisticated technologies currently available, the designers of Pearl River Tower created a highly integrated structure that derives its efficiencies by applying previously tested solutions in a combination never before accomplished at such at large scale. It was important to both the client and the design team that a holistic approach be used, so as to avoid an array of solutions that might be conceptually compelling, but would not survive the rigors of design development and future value-engineering exercises. This demanded a design approach that was not form driven, but performance based, with all systems having a degree of interdependency. See Project Case Study
CTBUH Awards
2013 Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia Finalist
CTBUH 12th Annual Awards, (See the CTBUH Awards Book)

Sustainable Strategies for High-Rise Buildings
R.Gilchrist (SOM), CTBUH Mumbai Conference
Towards Zero Energy in China - Pearl River Tower
R.Gilchrist (SOM), CTBUH Chicago Conference
Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou: Fire Protection Strategie
F.Li (Rolf Jensen & Associates), J.Antell (Rolf Jensen & Associates), CTBUH Dubai Congress
Fire Engineering Super-Tall: A New Approach to Escape
M.Kealy (Schirmer Engineering), CTBUH Dubai Congress
Towards Zero Energy: A Case Study of the Pearl River Tower
R.Frechette (SOM), R.Gilchrist (SOM), CTBUH Dubai Congress

Technical Papers
Towards Zero Energy: A Case Study of the Pearl River Tower
R. Frechette (SOM), R. Gilchrist (SOM), CTBUH Dubai Congress
Pearl River Tower: Fire Strategies for Efficient HighRise
F. Li (Rolf Jensen & Associates), J. Antell (Rolf Jensen & Associates), CTBUH Dubai Congress

Other CTBUH Links
Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou
CTBUH Featured Tall Building, 2014
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
CTBUH Report, 2013
Eighty Iconic Asian Skyscrapers
CTBUH Shanghai Congress, 2012

News Articles
Gordon Gill Featured in Wall Street Journal
The Wall Street Journal, 2012-09
China home to highly sustainable skyscraper
The Telegraph, 2011-06
71-story Energy-Efficient Tower Topped in China
Structural Engineer, 2010-03