Shanghai-based real estate developer Greenland Group is planning to add more floors to the Wuhan Greenland Center in China to make it the second tallest building in the world after Dubai’s Burj Khalifa and the tallest in the country.
Greenland Group marketing director for Hubei province Lu Zhenxing told China Daily that the company is studying a new plan to heighten the tower from 102 to more than 125 floors so that it would replace the Shanghai Tower (632m) as the nation’s tallest skyscraper.
Being constructed at a cost of $4.5bn, the building will be designed as a streamlined form with a tapered body, softly rounded corners and a domed top and will be located at the intersection of the Han and Yangtze rivers.
It will house a 45,000m² five-star hotel, 50,000m² of luxury apartments and condominiums, 200,000m² of office space, a 10,000m² conference and exhibition centre and a 27m tall penthouse level private club offering panoramic views of Wuhan city.
The building will also incorporate several water and energy conservation features designed to make the system sustainable as well as rounded corners and a domed design to reduce wind resistance.
The curtain wall cladding of the body of the tower will encompass a composite concrete core with steel framing, while the corners of the building will feature smooth curved glass.
Three corners of the tower, which is now scheduled for completion in 2017, will rise from its tripod-shaped base and taper upward, culminating in an arched tip.
Designed by Adrian Smith + Gordan Gill Architecture, the tower will have a floor area of 3 million metres squared and will be 636m tall.
Image: Wuhan Greenland tower is set to replace the Shanghai Tower (632m) as China’s tallest skyscraper. Photo: Adrian Smith + Gordon Gil.