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Dalian Eton Center

Dalian Eton Center ModelArchitectural Acrylic Model (1:600)
L: 3' 1" W: 2' 6" H: 2' 4.5"
Model Maker: NBBJ

Dalian, China, anticipated completion 2013
383 m/ 1257 ft/ 81 floors
Developer: Eton Group
Architect: NBBJ
Structural Engineer: Arup
G.F.A.: 800,000 m2 / 8.6 million sq ft (entire complex)

Located in the fast-growing port city of Dalian, one of the most heavily developed industrial areas of China, the Dalian Eton Center is a 15-acre development in the central business district including high-rise apartment blocks and two mixed-use towers. The complex creates an "urban plateau" with a public park atop a 5-story retail podium similar in size to New York's Union Square Park, reflecting the city's commitment to balance urban and natural surroundings.

Dalian Eton Structural System

The principal tower combines a mixed program of retail, office, and hotel space across 81 stories, and includes five multi-story "sky gardens." A sixty-story atrium with an exterior glass curtain wall slices through the space, allowing for a light-filled interior and vistas of the surrounding city, harbor, and countryside. The composite structural system by Arup employs a reinforced-concrete core, mega-columns at the corners, steel perimeter columns, and transfer trusses every 15 floors, allowing for an efficient column-free interior floor plate of 11 meters.