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.