Tianjin Chow Tai Fook Finance Centre

Tianjin, China

Currently the seventh-tallest building in the world and the tallest building north of the Yangtze River in China, the Tianjin CTF Finance Centre is a 530m tall skyscraper with a total GFA of 389,900 sq. m., consisting of a 103-storey tower, a five-storey podium and a four-storey basement. RLP was chosen as the Executive Architect on this massive project.

This comprehensive development project comprises retail, office, hotel, and serviced apartment functions. The striking, intricate building façade has made it into an icon for the city. Made up of 14,000 different-shaped components, the façade’s geometric design greatly increased the difficulty of the construction which RLP overcame through the application of state-of-the-art BIM technology. For example, at the start of the construction process, experts estimated that at least 1,308 independent asymmetric insulating glass units (IGUs) would be required for the unique curtain wall structure. But after performing BIM analysis and using repeated data modelling, we reduced the number of IGUs needed to 476 – a decrease of over 60%, saving an enormous amount of resources and costs. Even so, it was still one the most challenging skyscraper construction projects ever seen in China.

The tower’s quadrate-shaped base makes intelligent use of space, with the shape of the tower becoming more and more slender as it stretches to the upper levels, creating a uniquely beautiful irregular spiral appearance. In terms of functionality, the retail podiums and offices are designed for the lower storeys, from the G/F to level 48, where the interior layout is more rectangular in shape.

  • The Institution of Structural Engineers - The Award for Tall or Slender Structures
  • The 6th CREDAWARD – Gold Award (Public Building Project)
  • Pro+ Award – Gold Award (Commercial Building)
  • RICS Awards China – Best BIM Application of the Year
  • RICS Awards China – Construction Project of the Year
  • CTBUH Award of Excellence – Winner (400 meters and above)
  • CTBUH Award of Excellence – Winner (Best Tall Building Awards: Region – Asia)
  • CTBUH Award of Excellence – Winner (Structural Engineering Award)
  • Newington College Medal (International)
  • China BIM Alliance – Platinum Award
  • Steel Structure Design Branch of China Construction Metal Structure Association – Chinese Structural Steel Golden Award
  • AEC Excellence Awards – Winner for Construction
  • MIPIM Asia Awards – Silver Winner (Best Chinese Futura Mega Project)
  • 2012 / 2020 (Office Tower), 2021 (K11 Shopping Centre)
  • 27,772 sq. m.
  • 389,900 sq. m.
  • Chow Tai Fook Enterprises /
    New World Development Co. Ltd.
  • LEED Core & Shell – Gold Rating (Precertification)
  • Rosewood
  • 5
  • SOM