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Nanjing Greenland Financial Complex
绿地广场•紫峰大厦

Gulou Square
Nanjing JS China

Status:built
Construction Dates
  Began2005
  Finished2010
Floor Count89
Basement Floors2
Building Uses
 - mixed use
 - garden
 - hotel
 - observation
 - office
 - parking garage
 - restaurant
 - retail
Structural Types
 - highrise
Architectural Style
 - modern
Materials
 - glass
 - steel
 - concrete, reinforced

 Heights ValueSource / Comments 
Spire1476 ftwww.smithgill.com
Roof1250 ftwww.cnffww.com
Top floor1112 ft
Observation deck943 ftAt 72 floor
Step 1574 ft

Description
• Architect: Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP.
• Design Partners: Adrian Smith, Gordon Gill, Associate Partner + Studio Head, Robert Forest, Associate Partner + Project Manager
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• The name and design of this tower have changed and was once referred to as Nanjing International Finance Center and approximately 300 m in height.

• Levels 70-88, which form the building's spire, are mechanical floors.

• The form was derived from three central elements of the rich history of Nanjing: the Yangtze River which flows through the city, the lush, green garden landscape and the dragon and column iconography prevalent in Chinese culture.

• The central core of the tower is hugged by two interlocking forms that recall the image of China’s ‘dancing dragons.’ The tower’s exterior wall features angled panes of glass in staggered modules that suggest scales. Vertical and horizontal seams separate the textured glass surfaces, metaphorically relating to the clear water of the Yangtze River separating the great dragon forms.

• The tower’s shape is also highly functional, its triangular form relates to shape and size of the site while maximizing views of the mountains, lake and historic Nanjing buildings.

• The center is comprised of office space, a 500-room Intercontinental hotel, retail space and below grade parking. The top of the tower houses several restaurants and a public observatory. Landscaped clear-glass atria are found throughout the building, and an outdoor swimming pool and garden are located on the roof of the tower’s podium.

• At night, the spire and tower atria will be lit and glow as a beacon in the Nanjing skyline, making the tower a radiant new landmark for the city.

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