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Height: Occupied
515 m / 1,690 ft
 
Height: To Tip
528 m / 1,732 ft
Height: Architectural
528 m / 1,732 ft
 
China Zun Tower Outline
Height: Observatory
503.5 m / 1,652 ft
Floors Above Ground
108
Floors Below Ground
7
Tower GFA
437,000 m² / 4,703,829 ft²

Facts

Official Name China Zun Tower
Other Names CITIC Plaza, Z15 Tower, China Honour Tower, Zhongguo Zun
Structure Type Building
Status Under Construction
Country China
City Beijing
Street Address & Map Guanghua Road
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2010
Construction Start 2012
Completion 2018

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer CITIC HEYE Investment CO., LTD.
Architect
Concept TFP Farrells; Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates; Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Design Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Architect of Record Beijing Institute of Architectural Design; CITIC General Institute of Architectural Design & Research Co., Ltd.
Structural Engineer
• (not specified) Arup; Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
MEP Engineer
• (not specified) Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited; Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Other Consultant
Façade ALT Limited
• Façade Maintenance Altitude Façade Access Consulting Pty Ltd
• Lighting Brandston Partnership, Inc.
• Property Management Jones Lang LaSalle, Inc.
• Wind RWDI

About China Zun Tower

China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core.

The tower’s gently rising and curving form resembles an ancient Chinese ceremonial vessel, called the “zun.” The design concept is that of a transforming shell that gradually bends to create a dramatic form. This concept is also applied to other key elements of the tower, including the entrances, ground-floor lobby, and observation deck. At the base, the tower thrusts into the ground with massive corner supports, while the exterior shell is gently lifted up and stretched forward at the four sides. The design physically extends the lobby outward, forming dynamic drop-off spaces. At the top, the exterior envelope becomes more transparent at the observation deck and allows more visibility to the inner trumpet-shaped business center, which lights up at night, forming a beacon that will be visible throughout the city.

Compared to a typically straight or tapering supertall tower form, the concave tower profile offers more valuable prime-floor spaces and ample space for window washing, as well as other support systems, at the top of the tower. While the large top poses significant structural challenges, the larger base provides an opportunity for structural balance, formal contrast, and preferred core-to-perimeter distances.

In a city with the highest seismic fortification requirement of the major cities in China, the structural system was particularly sensitive to adjustments in the complex form of the building. Architects and engineers utilized parametric modeling to greatly expedite the design and coordination process to ensure that the design achieved both an iconic form and a solid structural system.

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19-20 Sep 2014 – Tour Report

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Would Software Replace Engineers?: A Case Study on the Structural Design of Beijing "China Zun" Tower
17 Sep 2014 – Peng Liu, Arup

Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
16 Sep 2014 – Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Interview: Integration of Tall Buildings
10 Jun 2013 – Sir Terry Farrell, Farrells

Research Papers

Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III

China Zun: Shaping the Future Skyline of Beijing
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings

Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings

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Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far…
China Zun: Shaping the Future Skyline of Beijing
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Weiping Shao, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Due to the site location, China Zun has been a high-profile project from the very beginning. The new height of 528m would make the China Zun the new landmark for the…
Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
15 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse, Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Sheung Lai (Eddie) Leung & Leung Wing (Daniel) Ho, Parsons Brinckerhoff
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Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Stefan Krummeck, TFP Farrells Limited
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