Qingdao Agora
Qingdao China
Height 238.3 m / 782 ft
Floors 52
Official Name

The current legal building name.

Qingdao Agora
Other Names

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

IMC Centre, Wanbang International Shipping Building

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.

Architecturally Topped Out
Structurally Topped Out
Under Construction
On Hold
Never Completed
Competition Entry
Proposed Renovation
Under Renovation
Under Demolition
Completed, 2011

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


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


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.

Structural Material

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.

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.

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.

Reinforced Concrete
Concrete Encased Steel
Floor Spanning

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."

238.3 m / 782 ft
To Tip
238.3 m / 782 ft
222.3 m / 729 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).

Floors Below Ground

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

# of Parking Spaces

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

# 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).

Tallest in Asia
Tallest in Qingdao
Tallest Office Building in the World
Tallest Office Building in Asia
Tallest Office Building in China
Tallest Office Building in Qingdao
Tallest Composite Building in the World
Tallest Composite Building in Asia
Tallest Composite Building in Qingdao
Construction Schedule



Construction Start



IMC (Qingdao) Property Development Co. Ltd.
Structural Engineer
MEP Engineer

Energy Concept



Armstrong World Industries

About Qingdao Agora

Qingdao Agora’s design is grounded in the philosophy of portraying a multivalent cultural, social, and economic richness. The structure of the building is inspired by the Chinese tradition of scholar’s rocks, which are used as vehicles for meditation. Like a scholar’s rock or a natural crystalline structure, the glass building sits on a stone base that pitches and bends to create a setting for it. The formal representation of this concept is an angular stone podium which is carved and faceted to form entrances, and a prismatic glass tower sitting upon it.

In contrast to the stereotypical western concept of a tall building as a monolith representing a singular commercial interest, Qingdao Agora was designed to foster a self-sustaining economy and an increasing quality of life for the city’s inhabitants. It is a mixed-use site with residential space, office space, and an intimate-scale commercial street-level activity. The building contains functions to support the daily social and economic needs of its inhabitants—for example a day care, health club facilities, banks—which create a village center for the community.

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