Friday, January 9, 2015

Guangzhou International Finance Center, New Town, Guangzhou, China

The IFC garnerer RIBA's 2012 Lubetkin prize for best new building outside Europe.  The internal skeleton is composed of concrete-filled steel tubes arranged to form a patterned grid of 12-storey high diamonds, which minimizes steel tonnage.  Designed by London-based Wilkinson Eyre, it opened in 2008 and has 103 floors, houses the Four Seasons Hotel, and tops out at 1,439 ft.  To the East is it's twin, the 111-storey Chow Tai Fook Centre at 1,740 ft.

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