China Merchants Tower
Shenzhen China
Height 211 m / 692 ft
Floors 38
Official Name

The current legal building name.

China Merchants Tower
Other Names

Other names the building has commonly been known as, including former names, common informal names, local names, etc.

Shekou China Merchants Square
Type

CTBUH collects data on two major types of tall structures: 'Buildings' and 'Telecommunications / Observation Towers.' A 'Building' is a structure where at least 50% of the height is occupied by usable floor area. A 'Telecommunications / Observation Tower' is a structure where less than 50% of the structure's height is occupied by usable floor area. Only 'Buildings' are eligible for the CTBUH 'Tallest Buildings' lists.

Building
Status
Completed
Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
Proposed
On Hold
Never Completed
Vision
Competition Entry
Canceled
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Renovated
Under Demolition
Demolished
Completed, 2013
Country

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of Country, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

City

The CTBUH follows the United Nations's definition of City, and thus uses the lists and codes established by that organization.

Postal Code
518000
Function

A single-function tall building is defined as one where 85% or more of its usable floor area is dedicated to a single usage. Thus a building with 90% office floor area would be said to be an "office" building, irrespective of other minor functions it may also contain.

A mixed-use tall building contains two or more functions (or uses), where each of the functions occupy a significant proportion of the tower's total space. Support areas such as car parks and mechanical plant space do not constitute mixed-use functions. Functions are denoted on CTBUH "Tallest Building" lists in descending order, e.g., "hotel/office" indicates hotel function above office function.

office
Structural Material

Steel
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from steel. Note that a building of steel construction with a floor system of concrete planks or concrete slab on top of steel beams is still considered a “steel” structure as the concrete elements are not acting as the primary structure.

Reinforced Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning systems are constructed from concrete which has been cast in place and utilizes steel reinforcement bars.

Precast Concrete
Both the main vertical/lateral structural elements and the floor spanning system are constructed from steel reinforced concrete which has been precast as individual components and assembled together on-site.

Mixed-Structure
Utilizes distinct systems (e.g. steel, concrete, timber), one on top of the other. For example, a steel/concrete indicates a steel structural system located on top of a concrete structural system, with the opposite true of concrete/steel.

Composite
A combination of materials (e.g. steel, concrete, timber) are used together in the main structural elements. Examples include buildings which utilize: steel columns with a floor system of reinforced concrete beams; a steel frame system with a concrete core; concrete-encased steel columns; concrete-filled steel tubes; etc. Where known, the CTBUH database breaks out the materials used in a composite building’s core, columns, and floor spanning separately.

composite
Core
Reinforced Concrete
Columns
Concrete Filled Steel
Floor Spanning
Steel
Height

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the architectural top of the building, including spires, but not including antennae, signage, flag poles or other functional-technical equipment. This measurement is the most widely utilized and is employed to define the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat (CTBUH) rankings of the "World's Tallest Buildings."

Architectural
211 m / 692 ft
To Tip
211 m / 692 ft
Occupied
184 m / 604 ft
Floors Above Ground

The number of floors above ground should include the ground floor level and be the number of main floors above ground, including any significant mezzanine floors and major mechanical plant floors. Mechanical mezzanines should not be included if they have a significantly smaller floor area than the major floors below. Similarly, mechanical penthouses or plant rooms protruding above the general roof area should not be counted. Note: CTBUH floor counts may differ from published accounts, as it is common in some regions of the world for certain floor levels not to be included (e.g., the level 4, 14, 24, etc. in Hong Kong).

38
Floors Below Ground

The number of floors below ground should include all major floors located below the ground floor level.

3
# of Parking Spaces

Number of Parking Spaces refers to the total number of car parking spaces contained within a particular building.

760
# of Elevators

Number of Elevators refers to the total number of elevator cars (not shafts) contained within a particular building (including public, private and freight elevators).

18
Tower GFA

Tower GFA refers to the total gross floor area within the tower footprint, not including adjoining podiums, connected buildings or other towers within the development.

107,000 m² / 1,151,738 ft²
Rankings
#
74
Tallest in Shenzhen
#
362
Tallest Office Building in Asia
#
51
Tallest Office Building in Shenzhen
#
443
Tallest Composite Building in the World
#
364
Tallest Composite Building in Asia
#
48
Tallest Composite Building in Shenzhen
Construction Schedule
2009

Proposed

2010

Construction Start

2013

Completed

Owner/Developer
China Merchants Group
Architect
Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province
Structural Engineer
Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province
MEP Engineer
Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province
China Construction Second Engineering Bureau Ltd.

Code

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province

Energy Concept

Hua Nan Technology University

Façade Maintenance

Fire

Architectural Design and Research Institute of Guangdong Province

Interiors

BLVD

Landscape

EDAW

Vertical Transportation

Fortune Consultants, Ltd.

Way Finding

Power Design Consultant

Wind

Guangdong Provincial Academy of Building Research

Cladding

China Southern Glass; Zhejiang Qianghuang Building Materials Ltd., Co.

Concrete

Shenzhen Gangchuang Building Material Co., Ltd.

Crane

JiaerHua

Elevator

Façade Maintenance Equipment

Manntech Building System

Formwork

Shenzhen Huiji Investments Co., Ltd.

HVAC

York

Rebar

Daxing

Sealants

General Electric

Research

17 October 2016

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore,...

About China Merchants Tower

China Merchants Tower anchors the Woods Park master plan, located in the Nanshan District of Shenzhen, China, providing new office and select retail space. The tower bows out from its base and tapers and elongates up its height, creating a striking form. The chamfer and reveal in its massing articulate its façade, while incorporated facets emphasize the tower’s verticality and slender proportion. The tower’s shape also allows for the distribution of exterior notches, supporting balconies. Inside, the shape enables key programmatic requirements, including office fit-out, column-free corner offices, and a central core.

The tower features a low-E, unitized glass curtain wall clad in a system of horizontal glass fins and vertical aluminum struts. To control for Shenzhen’s hot and sunny climate, the façade’s fins have been closely spaced together in order to reduce solar gain. The fins give the façade a fine-grain texture and balance the slenderness of the tower’s verticality. They also refract light at night, illuminating the form.

17 October 2016

Scott Duncan & Yue Zhu, SOM

China’s rapid urban and economic growth has challenged designers, engineers, and planners to innovate and collaborate to meet the needs of a changing country. Skidmore,...