SOM Unveils Beijing’s Tallest Tower

31 August 2010 (Last Updated August 31st, 2010 18:30)

International architectural practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled an 81-storey, mixed-use scheme, touted as the tallest tower in Beijing, China. The China World Trade Tower features office and meeting spaces, restaurants and a hotel. The development inc

International architectural practice Skidmore, Owings & Merrill (SOM) has unveiled an 81-storey, mixed-use scheme, touted as the tallest tower in Beijing, China.

The China World Trade Tower features office and meeting spaces, restaurants and a hotel.

The development includes a four-storey above-grade expansion to the underground China World Mall, a grand ballroom, and a retail podium with a rooftop and water garden.

The 330m-tall, tapering tower addresses issues of tall building safety and seismic vulnerability.

The LEED Gold certified project incorporates various energy and conservation measures.

The tower's crystalline walls are layered with fritted glass and metal fins to maximise daylight and LED lights have been installed on the exterior of the structure with undulating glass walls.