Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center Will Be China's Tallest Skyscraper
January 18, 2019 - Shenzhen
The megatall skyscraper is set to become the tallest building in China, and the world's third tallest building behind SOM's 828-metre Burj Khalifa in Dubai and the 1,000 metre high Jeddah Tower, which is under construction in Saudi Arabia.
Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center is being designed by Adrian Smith + Gordon Gillfor Chinese property developers Shiamo Group.
It will be built between the foothills of Longcheng Park and the Dayun National Park, and form part of the Chicago-based architect's wider masterplan for the Longgang district in the east of the city.
Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center will be topped with one of the world's highest observation decks, alongside a restaurant, night club, spa facilities and a swimming pool.
In the evenings, the tower will become "a visual, sound, and light show", reinforcing the district's athletic and entertainment purposes.
Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill's wider masterplan imagines a mixed-use district for Shenzhen, which connects with the tower and comprises a large retail facility, apartment towers, a cultural centre, a five-star hotel, a library and offices.
The environmental goal for the Shenzhen-Hong Kong International Center and the surrounding landscape is to obtain LEED Platinum certification.
High-performance glass will be used to reduced heat gain, while the buildings are oriented to respond to existing environmental solar conditions for enhanced passive solar control.
At the same time, strategic natural lighting for the interior spaces was made to increase human comfort levels, and the development was designed so that winds predominantly from the east and northeast are funneled into the open spaces to provide natural ventilation throughout the site and improve outdoor thermal comfort.
The complex also will have a major public transportation center and bus terminal to move large groups of people to and from the site efficiently.
Addressing water management, landscape features are designed to manage heavy rainfalls using engineered soils, retention ponds, native plants, and foliage as a network of systems that will recycle the rain water for irrigation and other uses.