Sinar Mas Center 1

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Height: To Tip
320 m / 1,050 ft
Height: Architectural
320 m / 1,050 ft
Sinar Mas Center 1 Outline
Height: Helipad
319.5 m / 1,048 ft
Floors Above Ground


Official Name Sinar Mas Center 1
Name of Complex Sinar Mas Center
Other Names North Bund Tower, Sinar Mas Plaza 1, White Magnolia Plaza/Sinar Mas New Bund 1
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Shanghai
Street Address & Map Dongchangzhi Road
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2007
Construction Start 2009
Completion 2017
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
Global Ranking #123 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #76 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #65 Tallest in China
City Ranking #5 Tallest in Shanghai

Companies Involved

Developer Sinar Mas Group - APP China
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
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Cladding Jangho Group Co., Ltd.
• Elevator Schindler
• Paint/Coating Jotun

About Sinar Mas Center 1

Located across the Huangpu River from Pudong, the Sinar Mas Center is a complex designed as a mixed-use community with three towers of over 100 meters in height. Tower 1, the tallest of the cluster, is a supertall office building constructed with a composite frame. Like many buildings constructed during this time period in China, Sinar Mas Center utilizes tubular steel columns encased in concrete for the perimeter framework and a concrete structural core. Floor plates spanning the distance between the perimeter and the core are then framed with steel beams, allowing for column free workspaces.

The tower’s design takes on an organic form, with the footprint shaped like a magnolia flower and then extruded upward for the entire height of the building. As the building rises from the ground, the structure bows outward with the floors gradually increasing in size until midway up the tower where the form then begins to taper inward. At the widest point, a belt truss spanning the height of two floors wraps around the structure’s perimeter. Each of the tower’s four sides has a concave curve, which increases in intensity as the building rises and culminates in a sculpted crown. The four corners of the building are rounded as well, creating no flat surfaces on the exterior curtain wall.

The 422,791 square meter complex includes China’s first W branded hotel and a sizable retail component located in a podium three stories tall, plus 2 additional floors underground and spanning the block between the three towers. The site plan was designed to function as a public space, with multiple entrances to integrate the block with the local surroundings. When completed, the Sinar Mas Center 1 became the tallest building in the Puxi area of Shanghai.

CTBUH Initiatives

Sinar Mas New Bund Technical Tour Report
19 Sep 2014 – Tour Report


“C.I.T.I.E.S.” of the Future: Sinar Mas Center as Exemplar
17 Sep 2014 – Toon Ming Chua, Sinar Mas Center

Sustainable Strategies for High-Rise Buildings
3 Feb 2010 – Russell Gilchrist, SOM

Research Papers

2017: Skyscraper History’s Tallest, Highest- Volume, and Most Geographically Diverse Year
5 Feb 2018 – CTBUH Journal, 2018 Issue I

“C.I.T.I.E.S.” of the Future: Sinar Mas Center as Exemplar
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings

Towards Sustainable Vertical Urbanism
Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III

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