Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A

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Height: Occupied
245 m / 804 ft
Height: To Tip
303 m / 994 ft
Height: Architectural
303 m / 994 ft
Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
# of Elevators
Top Elevator Speed
8 m/s
Tower GFA
110,000 m² / 1,184,030 ft²
Development GFA
225,700 m² / 2,429,415 ft²
# of Parking Spaces


Official Name Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A
Name of Complex Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza
Other Names Greenland Center NGC Tower 1
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Nanchang
Street Address & Map No. 998, Hong Gu Central Ave.
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2010
Construction Start 2012
Completion 2015
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #166 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #100 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #84 Tallest in China
City Ranking #1 Tallest in Nanchang

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Greenland Group
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Architect of Record East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
Structural Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Other Consultant
• Acoustics Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
Façade Lerch Bates
• Fire Aon Fire Protection Engineering
• Landscape SWA Group
• Lighting Kaplan Gehring McCarrol Architectural Lighting, Inc
• Vertical Transportation Edgett Williams Consulting Group Inc.
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Cladding Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
• Elevator Sematic S.r.l.

About Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A

Located across the wide Ganjiang River from the historic center of Nanchang, the Jiangxi Nanchang Greenland Central Plaza, Parcel A and its identical twin tower became the city’s first supertall buildings upon their completion in 2015. Initially planned to top out at 289 meters, the design was then altered midway through construction to reach beyond the 300 meter mark, presenting a significant challenge to the design team. Through adding height to the buildings, the crowns were then sculpted into a series of concave curves and clad with operable glass louvers, opening to allow prevailing winds to pass through the top of the structure, reducing overall loading on the tower structure.

The bases of the towers are aligned to the street with a square ground floor plan featuring rounded corners. As the towers rise, the floorplate is rotated a total of 45 degrees, maximizing views of the nearby riverfront. The rounded corners become more pronounced as the towers rise, blending with the concave indentations of the uppermost floors, creating a tower form which transitions from rigid to organic and is clad in a sleek glass curtain wall which appears to flow across the exterior like a wave. Many of the glass panes as such are not flat and designers took advantage of a newly created production method known as ‘cold bending’ to form the glass panes into the desired specifications of the complex façade.

The base of the towers is made up of a large open lobby, with a highly transparent glass exterior suspended by a grid of cables wrapping the ground floor. This level of clear glass then transitions seamlessly into the blue tinted curtain wall for the remainder of the tower. The main entrances are marked by large stainless steel canopies suspended from freestanding arches by a weave of cables.

The towers flank a view corridor running from a public park, through the center of the complex where the towers are spaced at 100 meters apart and onward towards a street to the northwest. The integrated design relationship with the surrounding context should ensure these towers remain a key focal point in the Nanchang skyline for many years to come.

CTBUH Initiatives

2016 China Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
13 May 2016 – Event Report

CITAB-CTBUH Name 2016 China Tall Building Award Recipients
25 Feb 2016 – CTBUH News

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal Paper Report

Research Papers

SOM and China: Evolving Skyscraper Design Amid Rapid Urban Growth
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV

Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2015
Jan 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue I

Case Study: Greenland's Suzhou Center, Wujiang
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III

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