Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
Shenzhen Regional Tour
CTBUH 2014 Conference: Shanghai

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September 21, 2014
Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH Database Editor
Starting from Hong Kong, on Sunday morning the group met at the Hotel Indigo to begin the Shenzhen Regional tour. After a scenic bus ride through Kowloon and the New Territories, the tour crossed the border into mainland China and proceeded on to Shenzhen. After some confusion in which the bus driver’s GPS system directed the tour to Ping An Insurance Company’s current office building instead of its objective, the Ping An Finance Center. Eventually, the team was able to navigate the construction detours to the new Ping An building under construction. When completed in 2016, it will be the tallest building in China, at over 600 meters tall with 115 floors, and will also be the world’s tallest single-function office building. The hosts were from both Ping An and the architects, Kohn Pedersen Fox Associates. Construction of the concrete core has reached nearly 500 meters, with the steel frame not far behind. Attendees took a construction hoist up to a sky lobby at level 52, where they took in a good view of the surrounding city. The tour then walked down to the 50th floor, where the structural transfer system was on view.

The tour proceeded down to a lower level to view a typical office floor. After leaving the Ping An construction site, the tour took a short walk over to the Four Seasons Hotel, where attendees were treated to a traditional Chinese lunch.
(Top) Ping An Finance Center looking west from level 52
(Bottom) Construction on level 50

The next stop was the KK100 development. Designed by TFP Farrells, the complex, completed in 2011, consists of a 100-story office/hotel tower, a mid-rise office building and five residential buildings that house the residents of Caiwuwei Village, which was cleared to make room for the development.  The centerpiece tower is 442 meters tall and is currently the 10th tallest building in the world. There is a shopping mall on the lower levels, office floors on levels 4 – 72 and the six-star St. Regis Hotel occupies floors 75 – 100. After arriving, attendees a lift up to the 40th floor sky lobby, to witness a presentation and view the city.
Looking up to the top of the sky atrium in KK100
Attendees enjoying refreshments on the 97th floor
Attendees then toured the mechanical and electrical rooms in the basement levels. The group then headed up to the top of the tower to check out the lounge and observation deck. The hotel lobby is located above the guest rooms at level 94. Above the lobby are levels for the observation deck, restaurant and bars. The group settled in at one of the cocktail lounges and enjoyed drinks and hors d’oeuvres. 

Many thanks go out to all sponsors for a fantastic day in Shenzhen.

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All photographs by Marshall Gerometta.