Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat

CTBUH Conference Video:
From Jin Mao to Kingdom: Search for an Asian Supertall Vernacular
Adrian Smith, Founding Partner, Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill


September 19, 2012
Shanghai, China

This presentation presents the evolution of Mr. Smith’s career as a designer of supertall buildings, from Shanghai’s Jin Mao Tower, completed in 1999, to Kingdom Tower, to be the world’s tallest building when completed in 2017 in Jeddah, Saudi Arabia. He discusses his contextual approach to design, which seeks to engage the history, culture, indigenous architecture and natural environments of the locations his buildings serve.


Run Time: 29:17


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