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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 7:43 AM
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BEIJING | China World Trade Center Phase 3 | 1,083 FT / 330 M | 73 FLOORS


(source: cwtc.com)


(source: arup.com)

The China World Trade Center (CWTC) development in Beijing is a large long-term project in the heart of Beijing’s Central Business District (CBD).

For Phase Three, a new tower is being erected that will become the tallest building in Beijing at 330m. It will feature office accommodation, a five-star hotel at the top of the building, as well as retail and entertainment venues.

About the tower
* 330m tall
* 300 000m² floor area
* 73 storeys

(source: arup.com)

Here are a few of the photos I've taken of it recently:

Overview photo, taken from the north west:


Close up of the cladding:


The building, as viewed from the CCTV/TVCC development:



Just like with the CCTV thread, I will be adding new photos frequently!

(this was my first 'new topic' on the forum, so apologies if I missed anything!)
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 2:40 PM
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Great thread, Tom. You're like SSP's ambassador to Beijing. Was this building designed by SOM?
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 2:47 PM
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Great, thx for posting
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 2:55 PM
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Yep, SOM

Yep, architecture by SOM. Just checked their site, their info is slightly different from ARUP's (always nice to have the architects and engineers not talk to eachother!)

Project Facts

Year Completed: 2007
Site Area: 36,421 m2
Project Area: 280,000 m2
Building Height: 330 m
Number of Stories: 85

(source: som.com)

Their rendering seems slightly more up to date:

(source: som.com)

They also have quite a few close ups, fortuitously also one of the top of the building, which I hadn't seen before, looks nice, not overdone like most places here:

(source: som.com)

A few more shots can be found on their site (direct link).
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 5:49 PM
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Nice building, it´s something between US 7 and factory funnel. So, 73 or 85 floors? Currently status is about 55
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 6:21 PM
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This sucker is gonna stick out in it's surroundings.....
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Old Posted Jul 10, 2007, 7:51 PM
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Kinda looks like the chinese version of the World Trade Center in New York.
I love it!
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2007, 6:53 AM
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A very, very rare real blue sky day

Just took some photos during my lunch break, amazing day today (there are only a few real blue sky days a year in Beijing)!

A shot from the base of the tower:




Here are some of the surroundings- I think the renderings tend to 'forget' about a lot of buildings that are actually already there, or are still u/c. I don't think it will 'stick out' as much as the renderings suggest:



On a related note, due to the interest in this building, I've collected all my shots into a set just now:
China World Trade Center Phase 3 Development.

Enjoy!
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2007, 12:56 PM
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Thanks Tom!

Terrific pics!
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2007, 5:37 PM
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I love the rendering of the crown. Hopefully, it's not an older version.
     
     
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Old Posted Jul 11, 2007, 6:02 PM
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My favorite thing about this design are the undulating corners. Viewed from afar, it gives a very subtle pagoda effect as the tower tapers up. You can see it in the first renders from cwtc.com. It's a way of injecting a cultural reference into a very modern tower without being overt about it (re: Taipei 101).
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Height vs cladding

The cladding seems to be lagging behind the incessant progression of new floors being added, this is how high she's become now:



A close up of the highest point:



Close up of cladding:



Tons of new images at the usual location:
China World Trade Center Phase 3 Development

Enjoy.
     
     
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Old Posted Aug 1, 2007, 11:12 AM
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I like the vertical fins on the facade.
     
     
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2007, 8:02 AM
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Big panorama + some other shots

Quick update from this weekend--

Overview stitch:



Close up of cladding activities (progressing very very quickly!):



Close up of the summit:



And one amusing photo to close of ("The Best Gets Better is CWTC3's main claim):



As per usual, many more photos at the usual location: China World Trade Center Phase 3 Development Construction.

Enjoy!
     
     
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Old Posted Aug 27, 2007, 10:58 AM
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I counted almost 60 floors.
The topping out is getting close.
     
     
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Old Posted Sep 1, 2007, 3:26 AM
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Fresh photo from this morning

Heavily resized stitch:



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Old Posted Sep 2, 2007, 3:13 AM
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I've only just discovered this building. Good thing I did too, I really like it.
     
     
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Old Posted Sep 2, 2007, 4:20 AM
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This tower is looking very nice. I really like the windows at the corners. This building does not seem to want to intimidate its surroundings. It seems to fit in quite nicely.
     
     
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nice building
     
     
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Old Posted Sep 3, 2007, 4:11 AM
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Quick new image

Quick stitch from yesterday late afternoon:

     
     
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