Century Plaza

Suzhou
Height
1
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).

729 m / 2,392 ft
2
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."

729 m / 2,392 ft
3
Occupied:

Height is measured from the level of the lowest, significant, open-air, pedestrian entrance to the highest occupied floor within the building.

592.8 m / 1,945 ft
1 2 3 Suzhou Zhongnan Center Outline
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).

137
Below Ground

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

5
Official Name
The current legal building name.

Century Plaza

Type

Complex

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

Never Completed

Country

China

City

Suzhou

Function

hotel / office / residential

# of Apartments

706

# of Hotel Rooms

276

# of Parking Spaces

1,500

Map of Buildings in Complex

Note: Only buildings that have GPS coordinates recorded are displayed.

 

List of Buildings in Complex

Rank
Building Name
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
Completion
Height
Floors
Material
Use
1 Suzhou Zhongnan Center
- 729 m / 2,392 ft 137 composite hotel / residential / office
2 Century Plaza North Tower
- 400 m / 1,312 ft - N/A N/A

CTBUH Initiatives

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13 October 2016 - CTBUH Research

Videos

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Research

16 September 2014

Analysis of Pile Foundations and Load Tests

Jiangbin Wu, Weidong Wang, Yuting Huang, Xiangjun Wang & Shubo Nie, East China Architectural Design & Research Institute Co., Ltd.

This chapter describes the pile design and the static loading tests of the megatall Suzhou Zhongnan Center tower and its deep basement. Large-diameter and super-long...

17 October 2016

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18 September 2014

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 5 - Q & A

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18 September 2014

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18 September 2014

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18 September 2014

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18 September 2014

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18 September 2014

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18 September 2014

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17 September 2014

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17 September 2014

2014 Shanghai International Conference - Zhongnan Tower Room, Session 2 - Q & A

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16 September 2014

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16 September 2014

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16 September 2014

Comparative Study of Zhongnan Center Under Earthquake and Wind

Weiguo Chen & Guangjing Sha, Zhongnan Construction Group Co., Ltd.; Xin Zhao, Tongji Architectural Design (Group) Co., Ltd.

A comparative study of seismic action and wind loading was conducted for the structural design of the Suzhou Zhongnan Center. The analysis parameters, design methodology...

16 September 2014

Core Structural Design and Optimization

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Due to its excellent lateral stiffness and space flexibility, the megaframe-core wall structure is widely applied in supertall buildings. The efficiency of the central service...

16 September 2014

Design and Environmental Protection Measures During Excavation

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The total foundation pit area of the Suzhou Zhongnan Center is 26,260 square meters and is divided into two areas: one area consists of five...

16 September 2014

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This paper describes the MEP and VTS design challenges of the tallest buildings in three major cities in China; namely, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. The...

16 September 2014

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This chapter describes the main principles behind the architectural design of the building. Its architectural expression and functional organization achieve not only iconic landmark status,...

16 September 2014

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16 September 2014

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21 September 2014

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13 March 2014

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