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Tianjin R&F Guangdong Tower

Tianjin, China, anticipated completion 2015
439 m / 1440 ft / 92 floors
Developer: Guangzhou R&F Properties Co. Ltd.
Architect: Goettsch Partners | Structural Engineer: Arup
GBA: 3.2 million sq ft; Tower GFA: 2.7 million sq ft
Architectural plexiglass and acrylic model (1:600)
L: 12 in. W: 12 in. H: 36 in.

Inspired by the spiraling nature of a shell, the Guangdong Tower uncoils around a central axis, paying homage to its location in Tianjin's Tanggu district, a historical center of sea trade. Part of a new business district, the mixed-use tower will provide 91 stories of office, retail, hotel, and condominiums, capped with a 7-story crown concealing the mechanical systems. Setbacks provide landscaped skylight atria on upper floors that provide social spaces.

Tianjin R&F Guangdong Section

Chicago-based architects Goettsch Partners designed the tower with a series of vertical perforated metal bands between the windows, allowing for natural ventilation into the building.

Tianjin Goldin 117

Tianjin, China, under construction, 2015
597 m/ 1958 ft/ 117 floors
Developer: Goldin Properties Holdings
Architect: P & T Architects | ECADI
Structural Engineer: Arup
G.F.A: 2.8 million sq ft

Tianjin Goldin 117 Aerial