China’s Skyscrapers

As China continues to grow, some experts are predicting that as many as 20-30,000 new skyscrapers could be built in the country by 2030. That seems a staggering number. But when you have close to 300 million people predicted to be migrating to cities then there will need to be places for them to live and work. For this article we have picked 10 of the current crop of tall buildings under construction/ just completed in China right now along with some links to websites on them – this list is in no particular order but gives some of you looking to the East for opportunities an idea of some of the amazing buildings that are going up at the moment.

Shanghai Tower

  • Location – Shanghai
  • Height – 632m (predicted)
  • Completion – 2014
  • Architect – Gensler

On completion it is likely to be the 2nd tallest building in the world. This tower will stand alongside the SWFC and the Jin Mao Tower in the Pudong District of Shanghai. It will comprise office, hotel and retail space with innovative atrium’s or Sky Gardens throughout it’s 110 floors. A strong focus on sustainability has been incorporated into the design and on completion it will be both one of the tallest and greenest buildings on the planet.

Kingkey Finance Tower

  • Location – Shenzhen
  • Height – 442m
  • Completion – 2011
  • Architects – Terry Farrell and Partners

Another super-tall project which incorporates office, hotel and entertainment space, this was the tallest building in Shenzhen on completion. There will be a Sky Garden at the top with restaurants and viewing points looking across Shenzhen and over into Hong Kong territory.

Goldin Finance 117

  • Location – Tianjin
  • Height – 597m (predicted)
  • Completion – 2014-2015
  • Architects – P&T Architects & Engineers

This is a mixed use project which some say is on hold, other say is moving forward. Either way on completion it will be one of the tallest buildings in the world and by far the tallest in the rapidly developing Tianjin.

Guangzhou TV & Sightseeing Tower

  • Location – Guangzhou
  • Height – 610m
  • Completion – 2010
  • Architects – Information Based Architecture

This is a actually both a TV antenna and sightseeing tower comprising a number of innovative features including a winding staircase up to near the top and a observation wheel at it’s pinnacle. It is one of the tallest free standing structures in the world and is quite unusual in that a relatively small firm won the competition to design it.

International Commerce Centre

  • Location – Hong Kong
  • Height – 490m
  • Completion – 2010
  • Architects – Kohn Pedersen Fox

Another tall mixed use tower which is currently Hong Kong’s highest skyscraper. The top 15 floors are now the world’s highest hotel. An observation deck on floor 100 offers views across Hong Kong harbour and will quickly become a leading tourist destination in the city.

Pingan International Finance Center

  • Location – Shenzhen
  • Height – 648m (predicted)
  • Completion – 2015
  • Architects – Kohn Pedersen Fox

This building will become the tallest building in Shenzhen when completed and will be at the centre of the new Central Business District. The building is part of a complex of buildings providing mainly commercial space but also retail, hotel and entertainment areas.

Forum 66

  • Location – Shenyang
  • Height – 384m and 351m (predicted)
  • Completion – 2013
  • Architects – Kohn Pedersen Fox

This is a complex of 2 towers being constructed in Shenyang, another rapidly developing city. Similar in function and style to Plaza 66 in Shanghai, the buildings will be made of mainly commercial and retail space.

Sinosteel International Plaza

  • Location – Tianjin
  • Height – 358m (predicted)
  • Completion – 2012
  • Architects – MAD Architects

This is an unusual tall building which will be made up of commercial, hotel and apartments. It has a honeycomb façade both to act as a design feature but also as part of the the strength of the building. Designed to be an energy efficient building, this project will be a striking addition to the growing Tianjin skyline.

Pearl River Tower

  • Location – Guangzhou
  • Height – 310m
  • Completion – 2011
  • Architects – SOM

This project, soon to be completed, is hoping to stake a claim to be the greenest tall building in the world. Using a variety of innovative engineering tricks, it is hoped to be a leading icon as China looks to reduce carbon emissions in the coming years.

Wenzhou World Trade Center

  • Location – Wenzhou
  • Height – 333m
  • Completion – 2010
  • Architects – RTKL

This is a mixed use tower of hotel and commercial space and is by far and away the tallest building in Wenzhou. There isn’t a huge amount of information on this project which just goes to show that even a building nearly as high as some of the tallest out there doesn’t necessarily get huge coverage in a country where super-tall is becoming the norm.


It’s worth noting that the Empire State Building at it’s 102nd floor observatory floor is 381m – of the 10 listed above, 7 will be higher!


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