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Bullet-shaped skyscraper crowned by stunning cathedral-like space

Bullet-shaped skyscraper crown...
The China Resources Headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China, and rises to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft)
The China Resources Headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China, and rises to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft)
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The China Resources Headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China, and rises to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft)
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The China Resources Headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China, and rises to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft)
The China Resources Headquarters' overall form is inspired by the shape of a winter bamboo shoot
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The China Resources Headquarters' overall form is inspired by the shape of a winter bamboo shoot
The China Resources Headquarters is topped by the "sky hall," a conical, cathedral-like space offering visitors stunning views of the city below and the spire above
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The China Resources Headquarters is topped by the "sky hall," a conical, cathedral-like space offering visitors stunning views of the city below and the spire above
According to KPF, the China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point
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According to KPF, the China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point
Architectural model of the China Resources Headquarters by KPF
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Architectural model of the China Resources Headquarters by KPF

Prolific American firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is responsible for many of the world's tallest skyscrapers and always produces interesting eye-catching designs. The firm's latest project is another standout and the bullet-shaped office building is topped by a stunning light-filled hall.

The China Resources Headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China, and rises to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft). It's part of a larger development by KPF that includes residential, retail space, office space, and a significant public realm.

The overall form of the building, which brings to mind London's Gherkin, is inspired by the winter bamboo shoot. It's also quite interesting structurally.

"China Resources Headquarters features a light yet stable tube and diagrid structural system that is expressed in its tapered, sculptural form," says KPF. "Rendered in pre-fabricated column and steel units, the system affords column-free interiors, in turn allowing greater expression of the tower's radial symmetry and more boutique floorplates as it rises. The 56 vertical columns converge into 28 columns at the lower and upper sections of the tower, forming a series of entry portals at the tower's base and merging to a singular point at its peak. "

According to KPF, the China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point
According to KPF, the China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point

The top of the tower is taken up by the "sky hall," a conical hall likened to a cathedral by KPF that offers visitors choice views of the city below and the spire above. The firm also says that China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point. It certainly looks impressive.

The China Resources Headquarters is the third-tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen. There has been an incredible number of skyscrapers both planned and constructed in the city in recent years, including Foster + Partners' Merchants Bank HQ, BIG's Shenzhen Energy Mansion and KPF's own Ping An Finance Centre, the tallest building in the city.

Source: KPF

Prolific American firm Kohn Pedersen Fox (KPF) is responsible for many of the world's tallest skyscrapers and always produces interesting eye-catching designs. The firm's latest project is another standout and the bullet-shaped office building is topped by a stunning light-filled hall.

The China Resources Headquarters is located in Shenzhen, China, and rises to a height of 400 m (1,312 ft). It's part of a larger development by KPF that includes residential, retail space, office space, and a significant public realm.

The overall form of the building, which brings to mind London's Gherkin, is inspired by the winter bamboo shoot. It's also quite interesting structurally.

"China Resources Headquarters features a light yet stable tube and diagrid structural system that is expressed in its tapered, sculptural form," says KPF. "Rendered in pre-fabricated column and steel units, the system affords column-free interiors, in turn allowing greater expression of the tower's radial symmetry and more boutique floorplates as it rises. The 56 vertical columns converge into 28 columns at the lower and upper sections of the tower, forming a series of entry portals at the tower's base and merging to a singular point at its peak. "

According to KPF, the China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point
According to KPF, the China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point

The top of the tower is taken up by the "sky hall," a conical hall likened to a cathedral by KPF that offers visitors choice views of the city below and the spire above. The firm also says that China Resources Headquarters is one the few skyscrapers in the world in which people can actually visit its highest point. It certainly looks impressive.

The China Resources Headquarters is the third-tallest skyscraper in Shenzhen. There has been an incredible number of skyscrapers both planned and constructed in the city in recent years, including Foster + Partners' Merchants Bank HQ, BIG's Shenzhen Energy Mansion and KPF's own Ping An Finance Centre, the tallest building in the city.

Source: KPF

3 comments
paul314
That column arrangement is oddly reminiscent of the WTC
owlbeyou
The tip of the spire should have been capped with a metallic cone. My artist eye says it's needed as a finishing touch.
Trylon
KPF is about a century late. Gaudi's unbuilt Hotel Attraction design looked like this back in 1908, complete with observation deck.