Construction has begun on CTF Tinajin Tower, a new supertall building in Tianjin, China, designed by Skidmore Owings & Merrill (SOM).
The 1,740ft, 96-storey tower will house offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room hotel below its arched top.
Located in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), the building has been designed with an undulating structure to subtly express three programmatic elements, SOM said.
The structure will be covered in curving glass, which will cover the eight sloping columns that lie behind the primary bends of the elevation.
The sloping columns of the structure have been designed to increase the stiffness of the building to address seismic concerns.
The tower’s multi-storey wind vents and the aerodynamic shape will reduce wind forces by decreasing vortex shedding.
SOM structural and civil engineering partner William Baker said that the single most important structural parameter of a tall building is the architecture.
"The CTF Tianjin Tower will be significantly quieter, with less movement than other tall buildings," Baker said. "We tested 18 schemes in the wind tunnel before finalising the design."
Sustainable features of the building include a high performance envelope, optimised sunlight facilities and landscaped green site areas.
The 389,980m² project has been designed to achieve LEED gold certification.
Recently, SOM also broke ground on its newest building at Beijing’s China World Trade Center complex.
The 918ft, 58-storey tower features horizontal bands of canted glass that cover the building’s square floor plate.
Image: The 1,740ft, 96-storey CTF Tianjin tower will house offices, 300 service apartments and a 350-room hotel. Photo: Skidmore Owings & Merrill.