Global Financial Center Tower 1

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Height: Occupied
518 m / 1,699 ft
Height: To Tip
568 m / 1,864 ft
Height: Architectural
568 m / 1,864 ft
Global Financial Center Tower 1 Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground


Official Name Global Financial Center Tower 1
Name of Complex Shenyang Global Financial Centre
Other Names Pearl of the North, Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre Tower 1
Structure Type Building
Status Never Completed
Country China
City Shenyang
Street Address & Map Qingnian Street
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Filled Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Proposed 2013
Construction Start 2014

Companies Involved

Developer Baoneng Real Estate Development
Design Atkins
Architect of Record Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd
Structural Engineer
Design RBS Architectural Engineering Design Associates; Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd
MEP Engineer
Design Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited; Shenzhen General Institute of Architectural Design and Research Co., Ltd
Main Contractor China Construction Third Engineering Bureau Co., Ltd.
Other Consultant
• Cost WT Partnership
Façade Inhabit Group
• Landscape Botao Landscape
• LEED Environmental Market Solutions, Inc.
• Lighting Brandston Partnership, Inc.
• Vertical Transportation Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
• Wind China Academy of Building Research
Material Supplier
• Paint/Coating Jotun

About Global Financial Center Tower 1

Rising from the burgeoning Baoneng Shenyang Global Financial Centre, Global Financial Center Tower 1 will provide a focal point that grounds the central business district of Shenyang, a fabled city in China’s northeast known not only as the nation’s first industrial city, but also as the ancestral home of the Qing Dynasty emperors. The tower will not rise alone: nearby, a 328-meter tower will provide a sense of visual interplay in the skyline.

The towers occupy a prestigious site to the south of the iconic Liaoning TV Tower, and form part of a master plan covering an area of 59 hectares along the famous “Golden Corridor” Youth Street in the central business district. The development overlooks Youth Park and the Nanyun River to the east. In addition to the two supertall towers, the complex will contain five luxury high-rise residential buildings, each rising approximately 200 meters above a podium that accommodates a large culturally-themed lifestyle shopping mall.

The design of Global Financial Center Tower 1 represents an exercise in both simplicity and iconicity. At the ground level, the tower meets the street at the human scale, with conical extrusions that downplay its verticality near the entrance. These canopies recall the nomadic tent entrances of the Qing Dynasty. Rising upward, the tower widens slightly before it tapers, giving it an oblong appearance. For structural consideration in a high seismic zone, the tower shaft evolves from a square to a convex plan with corners carved out to further reduce the considerable bulk of the tower and to soften the scale contrast with the surrounding residential towers. At the top, an executive club is located within a giant “pearl” that measures 50 meters in diameter. The pearl – a symbol of wisdom, luxury, and purity – is the jewel in the crown of this mixed-use development.

CTBUH Initiatives

Top Company Rankings: The World’s 100 Tallest Buildings
13 Oct 2016 – CTBUH Research

Research Papers

Load Transferring Mechanism and Design Method of Effective Detailings for Steel Tube-Core Concrete Interaction
Sep 2018 – International Journal of High-rise Buildings Volume 7 Number 3

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