One of the world’s tallest new skyscrapers is taking shape in the regional capital of Nanning in Southern China, where a 403-meter (1,322-foot) crystalline tower designed for multiple uses recently topped out. Once open, it will be the tallest completed building designed by Goettsch Partners (GP). The firm has more than 30 high-rise buildings completed or under construction, including two supertalls—buildings of at least 300 meters or approximately 1,000 feet tall. GP currently has tower projects underway in San Francisco, Chicago and Nashville, as well as in Europe and Asia.
The new mixed-use project, Nanning China Resources Center Tower, rises in a burgeoning area of Guangxi Province’s capital with a tapered, stepped form reflecting its varied uses totaling 85 floors, including more than 170,000 square meters of office space, nearly 6,000 square meters of retail, and a 336-key Shangri-La hotel. Sheathed entirely in high-performance glass, the tower’s integrated sunshades control solar gain while offering floor-to-ceiling views and admitting ample daylight inside.
“Meeting LEED-CS Gold standards, the tower’s high-performance façade, convenient connections to mass transit, and state-of-the-art infrastructure will establish the benchmark for a first-class development in Nanning,” says GP design partner Paul De Santis, LEED AP. “The unique crystalline shape, signature sky terrace, and illuminated crown will create a new, identifiable silhouette for the city.”
GP has earned recent design honors for high-rise architecture including the Emporis Skyscraper Award for 150 North Riverside, with its dramatically tapered base and generous surrounding park. The Chicago tower was named among the top three works cited last year, alongside Kohn Pedersen Fox’s Lotte World Tower in Seoul and Zaha Hadid Architects’ Generali Tower in Milan.