SOM breaks ground on China World Trade Centre tower
A 280m-high tower at Beijing’s China World Trade Centre, designed by SOM, is due to break ground today.
The 58-storey Phase 3B tower will contain 123,000m2 of space with offices, a 600-room hotel, and is designed to achieve LEED Gold certification.
The structure is a steel and concrete composite system using a reinforced concrete core, while horizontal bands of canted glass wrap the building’s square floor plates.
With a distinctive stepped form, the building was said to resemble a bamboo shoot or a pagoda by SOM design partner Brian Lee.
It is located next to the 74-storey, SOM-designed China World Trade Center Tower 3 – the tallest completed building in Beijing.