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Height: Occupied
406.4 m / 1,333 ft
Height: To Tip
450 m / 1,476 ft
Height: Architectural
450 m / 1,476 ft
Suzhou IFS Outline
Floors Above Ground
Floors Below Ground
Tower GFA
278,000 m² / 2,992,367 ft²


Official Name Suzhou IFS
Other Names The Wharf IFS, The Wharf Suzhou, Suzhou International Finance Square, Suzhou Supertower
Structure Type Building
Status Architecturally Topped Out
Country China
City Suzhou
Street Address & Map Cuiyan Road
Building Function hotel / office / serviced apartments
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Construction Start 2012
Completion 2019

Companies Involved

Developer Suzhou Gao Long Property Development Co., Ltd.
Design Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates
Architect of Record East China Architectural Design & Research Institute; Wong Tung & Partners
Structural Engineer
Design East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
MEP Engineer
Design Parsons Brinckerhoff Consultants Private Limited
Engineer of Record East China Architectural Design & Research Institute
Main Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Other Consultant
• Damping RWDI
Façade ALT Limited; Permasteelisa Group
• Façade Maintenance Lerch Bates
• Lighting Brandston Partnership, Inc.
• Quantity Surveyor Langdon & Seah
• Wind RWDI
Material Supplier
• Ceiling Armstrong World Industries
• Cladding PEC Group
• Paint/Coating Jotun
• Steel China Construction Steel Structure Corporation

About Suzhou IFS

Suzhou IFS aims to be a landmark on the city’s skyline in both form and function, drawing upon modern design practices to belay the area’s historical repertoire. Conceived as a mixed-use high-rise, the tower will incorporate a number of disparate programs, embodying a modern 21st century presence that is symbolically tied to the city’s identity.

Suzhou has long been a center of trade in China, and the building’s design pays tribute to this achievement. The tower’s form is reminiscent of a fish, a symbol of prosperity and a nod to the role that water has played in the city’s history and identity—the city is surrounded by lakes and canals, causing it to become known as “Venice of the East.” As such, the tower is designed to interact with the surrounding bodies of water. The tower gestures towards Jinji Lake and opens out towards the water.

Soaring upwards, the curved “tail” of the fish subtly transitions from the scale of the lake and surrounding buildings to the top of the tower. More than an architectural embellishment, the flared base maximizes views of the water for the serviced apartments within and considerably lengthens its street frontage. At night, the tower cladding is articulated with glowing LEDs. These lights activate in a staggered timing that causes the building to shimmer in the evening skyline, much like the nearby lake.

The tower form and orientation, together with the articulation of the west façade, diminishes much of the heat and glare, while bringing more natural daylight to the internal spaces. The tower cladding is a high-performance glazing that significantly mitigates solar loading.

CTBUH Initiatives

CTBUH Study Examines Tallest Buildings with Dampers
22 Aug 2018 – CTBUH Research

CTBUH Signboard Unveiled at Suzhou IFS
20 Jun 2018 – Event Report

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


Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
17 Sep 2014 – Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse & Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Parsons Brinckerhoff

Research Papers

The New Structural Design Process of Supertall Buildings in China
1 Sep 2015 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 4 Number 3

Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings

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