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Height: Occupied
289.9 m / 951 ft
 
Height: To Tip
309.4 m / 1,015 ft
Height: Architectural
309.4 m / 1,015 ft
 
Pearl River Tower Outline
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

Facts

Official Name Pearl River Tower
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Guangzhou
Street Address & Map 128 Linhe Dong Road, Tianhe District
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
Proposed 2005
Construction Start 2006
Completion 2012
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Global Ranking #58 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #29 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #23 Tallest in China
City Ranking #4 Tallest in Guangzhou

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer The Guangzhou Pearl River Tower Properties
Architect
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 Consultant
• (not specified) Meinhardt
• Acoustics Shen Milsom Wilke, Inc.
• Fire Rolf Jensen & Associates
• Landscape SWA
Vertical Transportation Fortune Shepler Consulting
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• 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 Initiatives

CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2012
Dec 2012 – CTBUH Journal Paper

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Fire & Life Safety Challenges in Sustainable Tall Building Design
20 Sep 2012 – Fang Li & Martin Reiss, RJA

Climate, Cladding, and Conditioning Systems
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From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
18 Sep 2012 – Adrian Smith, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture

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Closing the Gap between Fantasy and Reality: Pushing Current Technologies Into the Future
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Case Study: Pearl River Tower, Guangzhou
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Tall Buildings: Imaginative Façades Solutions
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Closing the Gap between Fantasy and Reality: Pushing Current Technologies Into the Future
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