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Illegally Constructed Tianjin Skyscrapers Could be Demolished

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16 Dec 2015, Tianjin, China

China is reportedly planning to demolish three new high-rise buildings because they were not built to planning specifications. One of the towers could be the tallest ever intentionally demolished. Read more.


Nanjing Skyscraper Developers Found Guilty of Stealing Nearby Residents’ Sunshine

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04 Dec 2015, Nanjing, China

The developers of the 450-meter Zifeng Tower in Nanjing have been found guilty of robbing the surrounding neighborhood of sunshine, and will have to compensate residents to the tune of 100,000 Yuan ($16,000). Read more.


KONE Opens Elevator Test Tower in Kunshan, China

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03 Dec 2015, Kunshan, China

One of the world’s tallest elevator test towers has opened in Eastern China. The new 36-floor tower is located at a KONE research and development center in the Kunshan New and Hi-Tech Industrial Development Zone. Read more.


Design Proposed for CNPEC Headquarters in Shenzhen

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02 Dec 2015, Shenzhen, China

New headquarters for the 4,000 employees of CNPEC, a power corporation, are being built in Shenzhen to plans by gmp Architects. The design for the site provides three high-rise buildings and a plinth-type podium. Read more.


Mixed-Use Development Opens in Chengdu

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30 Nov 2015, Chengdu, China

Seaton Plaza, Atkins’ first mixed-use development in Chengdu, China, has opened for business alongside the ribbon cutting ceremony for the new Hilton Chengdu hotel on November 20, 2015. Read more.


Architects Selected to Design New Financial Center in Xiamen

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19 Oct 2015, Xiamen, China

An architect has been selected in an international competition to design the Xiamen Cross Strait Financial Center. Located on the eastern coast of Xiamen Island, the 500,000-square-meter project will comprise four high-rise towers. Read more.


Proposed Beijing Office Tower Would Have World’s Tallest Atrium

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25 Sep 2015, Beijing, China

Architects have revealed a proposal for a 46-story skyscraper in southwest Beijing that will feature the world’s tallest atrium – a 200-meter-high space which extends nearly the full height of the tower. Read more.


Goldin Finance 117 Tops Out in Tianjin

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24 Sep 2015, Tianjin, China

Goldin Finance 117 in Tianjin, the fourth largest city in China, has topped out at 597 meters. The building is among the tallest skyscrapers currently under construction in China, ranking third among completed or topped-out structures. Read more.


Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower Completes in Nanchang

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15 Sep 2015, Nanchang, China

American firm SOM has completed a new tower in Nanchang, China. Rising 56 stories, the Jiangxi Greenland Zifeng Tower is located in Gaoxin, a growing high-tech district, and features an exterior diagrid system. Read more.


Tai’an Hotel Opens With 283 Guest Rooms

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14 Sep 2015, Tai'an, China

The newly opened Wanda Realm Tai’an is located in Tai’an’s central business district and forms part of the Wanda Plaza Complex, adjacent to the Taishan International Conference & Exhibition Centre. Read more.


Shanghai Joint-Venture Under Construction in Jingan District Renamed

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20 Aug 2015, Shanghai, China

A new name has recently been announced for a Shanghai joint-venture formerly known as the Dazhongli project. Now known as HKRI Taikoo Hui, the complex comprises a retail mall, two office towers, and three hotels/serviced apartments. Read more.


Pei Cobb Freed & Partners’ Latest Skyscraper Destined for Shenzhen

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13 Aug 2015, Shenzhen, China

Designs have been revealed for a new high-rise building in Shenzhen. The Minmetals Capital South Tower will rise 29 stories among a host of other glazed high-rise offices, with gently curving façades that evoke wind-filled sails. Read more.


Ennead Unveils Plans for Shanghai’s Taopu Sci-Tech City

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05 Aug 2015, Shanghai, China

Taopu Sci-Tech City, a new research and development community, has been designed for Shanghai. Located on the city's western edge, the district will engage its context by establishing a multilayered pedestrian network. Read more.


Fuzhou Apartment Tower with Rippled Façade Completes

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30 Jul 2015, Fuzhou, China

Rippled façades create curved balconies for the residents of the Fuzhou Shouxi Building. The recently completed high-rise is situated within the historic center of the Fuzhou, and features 400 apartment units. Read more.


Foundations for Sky City Used as Fish Farm in Changsha

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15 Jul 2015, Changsha, China

The foundations of the 838-meter Sky City – which was planned to be the world’s tallest building – are being used as a fish farm in Changsha two years after the project stalled, according to a newspaper report. Read more.


World’s First Figure-Eight Ferris Wheel Nears Completion at Studio City in Macau

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13 Jul 2015, Macau, China

An innovative figure-eight Ferris wheel has been implemented as the centerpiece to the topped-out Studio City complex in Macau. The Ferris wheel is embedded within the structure of the building. Read more.


Chaoyang Park Plaza Tops Out in Beijing

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30 Jun 2015, Beijing, China

A topping-out ceremony has been held for Chaoyang Park Plaza, a mixed-use project located in Beijing's central business district. The scheme reaches a total height of 120 meters and is expected to complete in 2016. Read more.


Le Meridien Urban Resort Project in Zhuhai Names Design Firm

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12 Jun 2015, Zhuhai, China

WATG has been selected to design the new Zhuhai ShiRong Le Meridien Hotel & Resort in Zhuhai, China. The building will be situated on a 12.5-hectare delta of natural wetlands and historical riverfront. Read more.


Oriental DreamWorks Moves Forward on a New Complex in Shanghai

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11 Jun 2015, Shanghai, China

In Shanghai, construction on a new headquarters for Oriental DreamWorks is moving full speed ahead. The complex, dubbed Shanghai DreamCenter, will include two high-rise office towers, studios, and entertainment venues. Read more.


JW Marriot and Ritz-Carlton Hotels Open in Macau

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04 Jun 2015, Macau, China

Marriott International, Inc. marked a new milestone with the opening of JW Marriott Hotel Macau and The Ritz-Carlton, Macau in the thriving Special Administrative Region (SAR) of Macau in southern China. Read more.


New Plans Revealed for Office Headquarters in Hangzhou

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19 May 2015, Hangzhou, China

Developers have revealed plans to build the Zhejiang Printing Group‘s new headquarters in the Chinese city of Hangzhou. The building seeks to integrate itself within its urban fabric by providing easy access across the site. Read more.


Plans for 320-meter Skyscraper in Shenzhen Cut by Half due to Aviation Requirements

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11 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

A property developer in Shenzhen will cut the height of a skyscraper it plans to build in the Qianhai special economic zone by more than half to meet aviation safety requirements. The planned 320-meter skyscraper will now be 153 meters. Read more.


Ping An Finance Center Structurally Topped Out in Shenzhen

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04 May 2015, Shenzhen, China

On April 30, developers and designers of the Ping An Finance Center celebrated the structural topping out of the megatall building, meaning that the highest primary structural element has been put in place. Read more.


Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel Opens Its Doors

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01 May 2015, Zhanjiang, China

The five-star Sheraton Zhanjiang Hotel announced its opening on April 26, 2015. The sea view hotel is situated close to the subtropical shore of the South China Sea, and fully embraces its relationship with the water. Read more.


Shenzhen’s Planners, Aviation Officials Battle Over Building Heights

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21 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Plans to turn part of Shenzhen's Qianhai special economic zone (SEZ) into the Pearl River Delta's version of Manhattan are being overshadowed by a battle between urban planners and aviation authorities over building heights. Read more.


New Design Submitted for Luxury High-Rise Development in Chengdu

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16 Apr 2015, Chengdu, China

A design proposal has been submitted for Krystal Laputa, a collection of three multi-million-dollar luxury high-rise residential towers and one mid-rise building currently under construction in Chengdu. Read more.


Construction Underway on Shenzhen Mixed-Use Tower

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15 Apr 2015, Shenzhen, China

Construction is underway on a new tower by Morphosis Architects in Shenzhen. When completed, Hanking Center Tower will house retail, office, and residential space with the goal of integrating the various programs. Read more.


Bundle Tower Reimagines the Bank of China in Xinxiang

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10 Apr 2015, Xinxiang, China

Informed by its specific site features, the mixed-use Bundle Tower creates an open floor plan that responds precisely to its surrounding conditions and unique site requirements. The tower is due for construction by mid-2016. Read more.


Unfinished Skyscraper Still Looms Over Guangzhou After 16 Years

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07 Apr 2015, Guangzhou, China

The 46-story building was meant to accommodate a shopping mall and restaurants, as well as condominiums and office space. It has been on hold despite action taken by China's Supreme Court. Read more.


Strong Winds Send Elevated Platform Flying at Shanghai WFC

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02 Apr 2015, Shanghai, China

A strong gust of wind sent an elevated platform flying back and forth through the air until it rammed into a window on the 91st floor of the Shanghai World Financial Center. The two workers aboard the platform walked away with minor injuries. Read more.