Kingold Century
Guangzhou
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."

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To Tip:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest point of the building, irrespective of material or function of the highest element (i.e., including antennae, flagpoles, signage and other functional-technical equipment).

228 m / 748 ft
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Architectural:

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."

228 m / 748 ft
1 2 Kingold Century Outline
Floors

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).

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).

47
Below Ground

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

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Height 228 m / 748 ft
Floors 47
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Kingold Century
Other Names

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

Kingold Office Building, Kingold Tower
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, 2016
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.

Address
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.

serviced apartments / 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 Encased Steel
Floor Spanning
Steel
LEED Gold
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
228 m / 748 ft
To Tip
228 m / 748 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).

47
Floors Below Ground

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

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Rankings
#
24
Tallest in Guangzhou
#
268
Tallest Mixed-use Building in the World
#
186
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Asia
#
154
Tallest Mixed-use Building in China
#
7
Tallest Mixed-use Building in Guangzhou
#
352
Tallest Composite Building in the World
#
290
Tallest Composite Building in Asia
#
18
Tallest Composite Building in Guangzhou
Construction Schedule
2009

Proposed

2011

Construction Start

2016

Completed

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19 September 2012 | Guangzhou

The rapid development of Chinese cities has provided unique opportunities to create architecture that either responds to its context or, in the case of emerging...

About Kingold Century

Located within Guangzhou’s new central business district, Kingold Century is a mixed-use tower which from the start of the design process was intended to look different. The development team wanted a building which would stand out amid the similarities of other recently completed tall buildings in China. The rectilinear tower footprint aligns to the street grid, but the tower form is then softened by curved corners and a tapering of the upper floors as it rises towards the crown. The building is set back on a small plaza on all sides and has an adjacent four story podium with a circular atrium extending southward from the tower footprint.

The tower is a composite structure rising from a deep four story basement extending to the edges of the entire site. The frame is composed of steel columns and floor plates encased with poured in place concrete with the structure maintaining a typical column layout throughout the height of the tower. The columns begin to slope inward where the tapering of the tower form begins in the upper floors. The crown is then formed through a steel frame constructed atop the main roof and clad with angled fins while maintaining the tapering form.

The facade utilizes bands of thick horizontal spandrels, deemphasizing verticality while adding definition to the corners where the spandrels increase in size and serve as railings for exterior balconies. The balconies offer outdoor spaces to the occupants in areas of the floorplate where highly coveted corner offices normally would be in a traditional interior layout. The spandrels rotate from a vertical profile at the corners to a horizontal extension of the façade to create fins for a second functional purpose: to provide passive solar shading and reduce energy consumption in the warm and humid climate of southern China. The shading features also provide for interplay of light and shadow, changing the visual appearance of the façade throughout the day.

19 September 2012 | Guangzhou

The rapid development of Chinese cities has provided unique opportunities to create architecture that either responds to its context or, in the case of emerging...