Kingtown International Center

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Height: Architectural 231.2 m / 759 ft
Height: Occupied 215.4 m / 707 ft
Height: To Tip 231.2 m / 759 ft
Floors Above Ground 56
Floors Below Ground 2
# of Elevators 20
Top Elevator Speed 6 m/s
Tower GFA 230,621 m² / 2,482,384 ft²
# of Apartments 171
# of Hotel Rooms 442
# of Parking Spaces 555


Official Name Kingtown International Center
Other Names KIC, Jinao Tower, Jinao Building, Fairmont Nanjing
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Nanjing
Street Address & Map No.33, Jiangdong Middle Road, Jianye District
Postal Code 210019
Building Function hotel / office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2004
Construction Start 2005
Completion 2014
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Regional Ranking #473 Tallest in Asia
City Ranking #13 Tallest in Nanjing

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer JiangSu Goldenland Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
Structural Engineer
Design Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
MEP Engineer
Design WSP Group
Main Contractor Wuhan Construction Engineering Group Co Ltd.
Other Consultant
• Cost Rider Levett Bucknall
• Façade Maintenance CS Caulkins Co. Inc
• Fire WSP Hong Kong Ltd.
• Landscape SWA Group
• Lighting Brandston Partnership, Inc.
• Vertical Transportation Edgett Williams Consulting Group Inc.
Material Supplier
• Ceiling Armstrong World Industries
• Cladding Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
• Elevator KONE

About Kingtown International Center

The Hexi District of Nanjing is in the midst of transforming from a rural area to a vibrant business hub and civic center. Kingtown International Center is an anchor and gateway to the new district, serving as an icon of the area’s new urbanity. This next-generation commercial and hotel tower maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its distinctive external bracing system creates more efficient lateral support – requiring less steel and an overall 20% reduction in building material.

The design of the tower is rooted in the notion of developing this parcel and the neighboring parcel to serve both as a gateway to the new district and as a symbol of the vitality of the district. Its faceted form is derived from the juxtaposition of the innovative double-skin façade that creates solar shading and an insulating chamber between the building envelope and the occupied space. Vented openings in the outermost curtain wall allow wind pressure to draw built-up heat out of the cavity, lowering temperatures along the inner exterior wall.

CTBUH Initiatives

Nanjing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014 – Tour Report

Nanjing Regional Tour Report: Redeveloping the "Southern Capital"
22-23 Sep 2012 – Tour Report


Considering Place in an Integrated Approach to Tall
19 Sep 2012 – Brian Lee & William Baker, SOM

Research Papers

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

Jinao Tower – The Design Integration of Structural Efficiency
1 Jan 2010 – Munich Tall Building Conference 2010

Jin Mao Tower’s Influence on China’s New Innovative Tall Buildings
May 2006 – 2006 International Seminar of Design and Construction Technologies of Super High-Rise Buildings

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