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Height: Occupied
264.2 m / 867 ft
Height: To Tip
350.3 m / 1,149 ft
Height: Architectural
350.3 m / 1,149 ft
The Pinnacle Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
Tower GFA
155,635 m² / 1,675,241 ft²


Official Name The Pinnacle
Other Names Guangsheng International Building, Grand International Mansion,
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Guangzhou
Street Address & Map Zhujiang West Road
Building Function office
Structural Material concrete
Proposed 2007
Construction Start 2008
Completion 2012
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Global Ranking #33 Tallest in the World
Regional Ranking #15 Tallest in Asia
National Ranking #12 Tallest in China
City Ranking #3 Tallest in Guangzhou

Companies Involved

Owner/Developer Guangdong Sheng Ming Real Estate Development Co., Ltd.
Design Guangzhou Hanhua Architects & Engineers
Structural Engineer
Design Guangzhou Hanhua Architects & Engineers
MEP Engineer
Design Guangzhou Hanhua Architects & Engineers
Engineer of Record Meinhardt
Main Contractor Guangzhou Municipal Construction Group JV
Other Consultant
Façade Arup
• Interiors City Group
Material Supplier
• Sealants Dow Corning Corporation

About The Pinnacle

The Pinnacle is located in the Zhujiang New Town development within greater Guangzhou, which is home to the city’s purpose-built central business district. The tower’s central location provides easy access to most of the surrounding city via bus and rail transit. Nearby green spaces offer a quick escape for the many employees working within the building’s various offices.

The Pinnacle stands out from its neighbors through its neo-classical design. A series of setbacks and granite-clad vertical stripes recall historic design elements like the flying buttress. Whereas most new buildings in China are clad in glass, this building uses a mixture of materials including granite and metal to add variety and depth to the exterior. Their combined effect results in a tower that not only appears neo-classical, but also hints at art-deco and neo-gothic influences. These western design elements are not only apparent on the outside, but are carried through to many interior details as well – as seen in the rational, yet tastefully decorated elevator lobby.

Despite being inspired by the styles of old, the building employs state-of-the-art design components. Insulated glass keeps ultraviolet light out, while calcium sulfate flooring material prevents fires and damps excessive noise and static electricity. Energy-efficient lighting is also installed throughout the tower. These various systems have earned the building a LEED Gold certification.

The tower rises to a literal pinnacle, as a spire caps the structure after it narrows through a series of setbacks. Its unique design sets it apart from nearby structures, including many of the towers both complete and under construction in the Pearl River Delta and China at large.

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