TaiKoo Hui Tower 1

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Height: Architectural 212 m / 695 ft
Height: Occupied 184.5 m / 605 ft
Height: To Tip 212 m / 695 ft
Floors Above Ground 40
Floors Below Ground 4
# of Elevators 26
Development GFA 410,000 m² / 4,413,203 ft²


Official Name TaiKoo Hui Tower 1
Name of Complex TaiKoo Hui
Structure Type Building
Status Completed
Country China
City Guangzhou
Street Address & Map 385 Tianhe Road
Postal Code 510620
Building Function office
Structural Material composite
  • Core: Reinforced Concrete
  • Columns: Concrete Encased Steel
  • Floor Spanning: Steel
Energy Label LEED Gold
Proposed 2001
Construction Start 2007
Completion 2011
Official Website Taikoo Hui
Rankings Click arrows to view the next taller/shorter buildings
City Ranking #29 Tallest in Guangzhou

Companies Involved

Owner TaiKoo Hui (Guangzhou) Development Company Limited
Developer Guangzhou Da Yang Properties; Swire Properties Limited
Design Arquitectonica
Architect of Record Guangzhou Design Institute
Structural Engineer
Design Thornton Tomasetti
MEP Engineer
• (not specified) Meinhardt
Project Manager TaiKoo Hui (Guangzhou) Development Company Limited
Main Contractor China State Construction Engineering Corporation
Other Consultant
Façade Hugh Dutton Associes
Material Supplier
• Steel China Construction Steel Structure Corporation

About TaiKoo Hui Tower 1

Located in the Tianhe Central Business District of Guangzhou – one of southern China’s largest and most active commercial centers – stands TaiKoo Hui Tower 1. As part of a larger five-component, mixed-use development just north of Tianhe Road and west of Tianhe Dong Road, TaiKoo Hui Tower 1 is the tallest of the complex’s two office towers.

The tower’s design is predominantly rectangular with wedges cut out of its southeastern and northwestern corners, giving the tower a defined presence on its most prominent street entrance along Tianhe Road. It sports a blue reflective glass façade interrupted by a series of vertical steel mullions that add tempo and regularity to the tower’s otherwise uniform exterior. The double-height ground floor is equipped with clear transparent glazing, offering passersby a modest peek of the building’s entrance lobby, which features an eye-catching array of solid white columns.

Notably, the podium roof contains over 8,000 square meters of landscaped gardens, offering a comfortable and pleasant environment for leisure and recreational activities. Other environmentally friendly features include indirect lighting systems with adjustable illumination levels and large double-glazed low-e glass curtain walls to ensure maximum natural light penetration with minimal energy loss, heat gain, and noise.

Together, the TaiKoo Hui Complex’s two office towers provide tenants with over 160,000 square meters of premium Grade A office space. Both towers also connect internally to a shopping mall, a 5-star Mandarin Oriental Hotel, the Guangzhou Metro system, and the local Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) system, allowing patrons quick and easy access to a variety of amenities and the city at large.


The Roots of Tall Buildings: Connecting the City
17 Oct 2016 – Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica

The Inevitability of Global Adaptation: Eastern and Western Developers Practicing Internationally
26 Oct 2015 – Samuel Luckino & Peter Brannan, Arquitectonica

Research Papers

Cities to Megacities: Perspectives
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV

The Roots of Tall Buildings: Connecting the City
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

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