CTBUH Silver Member

AKAIA Architecture

About

Member Since: 2015

Member Offices: New York City, Shanghai

Website: http://www.akaia.design

Based in New York and with a studio in Shanghai, AKAIA Architecture is a
dynamic architectural design firm serving a wide range of clients worldwide.

The AKAIA team, under its AKAIA brand and earlier under the Archilier Architecture brand, has been helping clients realize their vision for hotels & resorts, residential & retail projects, as well as high rise mixed-use developments. Wherever the projects are located, the team’s design respects the distinctive cultural, social, and architectural traditions of the communities the project is in while reflecting the clients’ unique vision.

Being present in both New York City and Shanghai, the AKAIA team can be highly responsive to its clients around the clock and benefits from the cross-fertilization of ideas across cultures.
AKAIA believes design is the unique product of its context, program, client, and audience - a responsive design should not have a preset style or formula. Wherever the project is, the team strives to achieve an authentic and contemporary interpretation of local cultures in design.
Place-making informs all of AKAIA’s design, from the scale of a park or plaza to the scale of a room. For the design team, it’s all about creating wonderful places for people to inhabit or experience.
In addition, AKAIA believes in being good global citizens and always look to design sustainable solutions for clients, shaping each project with a sensitivity to issues of climate, resilience, and sustainability.

Place-making informs all of AKAIA’s design, from the scale of a park or plaza to the scale of a room. For the design team, it’s all about creating wonderful places for people to inhabit or experience.

Fields of Expertise

Architecture

Buildings

Please note that all heights shown in italics/red are estimated heights. These have been calculated based on known floor counts for the building, then extrapolated through analyzing typically hundreds of buildings of the same function on this database that do have confirmed heights. The user should be aware that non-standard building features, such as significant spires or raised entrances / podiums, may affect the accuracy of these estimations.

Rank
Name
Status

Completed

Architecturally Topped Out

Structurally Topped Out

Under Construction

On Hold

Proposed

Vision

Never Completed

Demolished

Competition Entry

Canceled

Proposed Renovation

Under Renovation

Renovated

Under Demolition

Height

1

Qingdao Hai Tian Center

368.9 m / 1,210 ft

2

Haitian Center Tower 3

245 m / 804 ft

3

China Venture Capital Building A

238.5 m / 782 ft

4

Hudson Rise Hotel

219.5 m / 720 ft

5

Haitian Center Tower 1

210 m / 689 ft

6

China Venture Capital Building B

80 m / 262 ft

7

China Overseas International Center Tower A

68 m / 223 ft

8

China Overseas International Center Tower B

68 m / 223 ft

Awards

Qingdao Hai Tian

Winner: Qingdao Hai Tian

Best Tall Building Asia 2022

Ctbuh Leaders

Kai Sheng

Kai Sheng

CTBUH New York City Chapter, 2021 – Present

New York City

Associated companies

Please note that all heights shown in italics/red are estimated heights. These have been calculated based on known floor counts for the building, then extrapolated through analyzing typically hundreds of buildings of the same function on this database that do have confirmed heights. The user should be aware that non-standard building features, such as significant spires or raised entrances / podiums, may affect the accuracy of these estimations.

Rank
Name
City
Height

1

145 East 60th Street

New York City

378 m

1,240 ft

2

Qingdao Hai Tian Center

Qingdao

369 m

1,210 ft

3

Haitian Center Tower 3

Qingdao

245 m

804 ft

4

China Venture Capital Building A

Shenzhen

239 m

782 ft

5

Hudson Rise Hotel

New York City

220 m

720 ft

6

Haitian Center Tower 1

Qingdao

210 m

689 ft

7

China Venture Capital Building B

Shenzhen

80 m

262 ft

8

China Overseas International Center Tower A

Beijing

68 m

223 ft

8

China Overseas International Center Tower B

Beijing

68 m

223 ft

CTBUH Initiatives Involving AKAIA Architecture

CTBUH New York Chapter Hosts: Exporting Design

26 July 2018

The CTBUH New York Chapter held an event focusing on how technology enables collaboration on international projects. Speakers used case studies to highlight innovative solutions.