Minmetals Financial Center
Shenzhen
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).

145 m / 476 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."

145 m / 476 ft
1 2 Minmetals Financial Center 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).

29
Below Ground

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

5
Height 145 m / 476 ft
Floors 29
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Minmetals Financial Center
Other Names

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

Minmetals Capital South China 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
Architecturally Topped Out, 2019
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.

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
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
145 m / 476 ft
To Tip
145 m / 476 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).

29
Floors Below Ground

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

5
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.

38,000 m² / 409,029 ft²
Construction Schedule
2014

Proposed

2015

Construction Start

2019

Completed

Developer
Minmetals Capital
Architect
Huayi Design Consultants Ltd; Mo Atelier Szeto
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer

Videos

17 October 2016 | Shenzhen

SawTeen See of Leslie E. Robinson Associates is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. SawTeen discusses the design process of structural...

Research

17 October 2016

SawTeen See, Zhaohui Ding, Edward Roberts & Ma Ge, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Steel braced frames combined with a concrete services core are widely used in tall building design. To meet the special architectural design challenges in the...

About Minmetals Financial Center

Located in the Nanshan District on Shenzhen’s west side, Minmetals Financial Center is designed as a corporate headquarters positioned alongside busy Binhai Avenue, a major artery through the heart of the city. The building addresses this prominent location through the use of a bowed façade inspired by a sail blowing in the wind. The arched facades are then glazed entirely with glass, intentionally contrasting with a stone base flanking the entrances to the tall lobbies on either side of the tower.

Responding to the context of having an interchange of two high-speed roadways right outside the building, the tower takes on a slender form while much of the site is left as a landscaped open space with water features and public art acting as a buffer to pedestrians from the nearby traffic. This open space then flows into the street fronting entrance for the tower positioned within a tall arcade framed by a large column supporting the northeast corner of the structure above.

The tower is framed with large X braces, each running through 12 floors and supplemented by additional belt trusses. The one story high belt trusses then wrap around slender tower at three different points in the building, including just above the lobby, the midpoint of the tower where the X braces join together and at the top of the building, just below the crown. The framework of the structure divides the building into two 12 story blocks of office space vertically stacked upon each other and set between the multi-story lobby and the crown of the building which is created trough an extension of the bowed façade beyond the main roofline. In the evening hours, the curved façade’s transparent glass then reveals the structural configuration of the tower as the braces become visible to the outside world.

17 October 2016 | Shenzhen

SawTeen See of Leslie E. Robinson Associates is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. SawTeen discusses the design process of structural...

17 October 2016 | Shenzhen

Steel braced frames combined with a concrete services core are widely used in tall building design. To meet the special architectural design challenges in the...

17 October 2016

SawTeen See, Zhaohui Ding, Edward Roberts & Ma Ge, Leslie E. Robertson Associates

Steel braced frames combined with a concrete services core are widely used in tall building design. To meet the special architectural design challenges in the...