Minmetals Financial Center

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Height: To Tip
145 m / 476 ft
Height: Architectural
145 m / 476 ft
Minmetals Financial Center Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
Tower GFA
38,000 m² / 409,029 ft²


Official Name Minmetals Financial Center
Other Names Minmetals Capital South China Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Architecturally Topped Out
Country China
City Shenzhen
Street Address & Map Houhaibin Road, Nanshan District
Building Function office
Energy Label LEED Gold
Proposed 2014
Construction Start 2015
Completion 2019

Companies Involved

Developer Minmetals Capital
Design Pei Cobb Freed & Partners
Architect of Record Huayi Design Consultants Ltd; Mo Atelier Szeto
Structural Engineer
Design Leslie E. Robertson Associates
MEP Engineer
Design SYSKA Hennessy Group

About Minmetals Financial Center

Located in the Nanshan District on Shenzhen’s west side, Minmetals Financial Center is designed as a corporate headquarters positioned alongside busy Binhai Avenue, a major artery through the heart of the city. The building addresses this prominent location through the use of a bowed façade inspired by a sail blowing in the wind. The arched facades are then glazed entirely with glass, intentionally contrasting with a stone base flanking the entrances to the tall lobbies on either side of the tower.

Responding to the context of having an interchange of two high-speed roadways right outside the building, the tower takes on a slender form while much of the site is left as a landscaped open space with water features and public art acting as a buffer to pedestrians from the nearby traffic. This open space then flows into the street fronting entrance for the tower positioned within a tall arcade framed by a large column supporting the northeast corner of the structure above.

The tower is framed with large X braces, each running through 12 floors and supplemented by additional belt trusses. The one story high belt trusses then wrap around slender tower at three different points in the building, including just above the lobby, the midpoint of the tower where the X braces join together and at the top of the building, just below the crown. The framework of the structure divides the building into two 12 story blocks of office space vertically stacked upon each other and set between the multi-story lobby and the crown of the building which is created trough an extension of the bowed façade beyond the main roofline. In the evening hours, the curved façade’s transparent glass then reveals the structural configuration of the tower as the braces become visible to the outside world.


CTBUH Video Interview – SawTeen See
17 Oct 2016 – SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Structural Design Challenges of Minmetals Capital Tower, Shenzhen
17 Oct 2016 – SawTeen See, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Research Papers

Structural Design Challenges of Minmetals Capital Tower, Shenzhen
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

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