The fifth-tallest tower in the world completed

CTF Finance Centre

One of the tallest skyscrapers in the world has been completed in China.

The CTF Finance Centre by Kohn Pedersen Fox is the second-tallest tower in China alone, and also holds the accolade of fifth-tallest on the planet.

The sleek skyscraper enters the record books at 530 metres, using a square core and concrete structural columns to provide its impressive height.

Overlooking the Pearl River in Guangzhou, the CTF Finance Centre boasts 111 storeys of commercial and leisure space, including a hotel, a shopping centre, and offices.

The dramatic ‘steps’ built into the tower give it a unique silhouette while subtly referencing the diverse functions it hosts inside.

The building is also rooted in tradition, with terracotta mullions reflecting ‘both Chinese architectural traditions and early skyscraper design’ and enhancing the sustainability of the tower.

Garden terraces on the steps also boost the development’s eco credentials, while the skyscraper offers another world below ground, with a ‘subterranean retail concourse’ integrated with the local transport infrastructure.

Take a closer look at the tower here.

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