CTBUH China Office Director Dr. Peng Du and students in front of Pearl River Tower in Guangzhou.

Students tour the wind turbine mechanism level.

Students listen to information about the building’s design strategies from the Pearl River Tower’s manager.

CTBUH China Office Director Dr. Peng Du and IIT Advanced Studio students at Tencent Seafront Tower.

Students tour the Hanking Center construction site.

Students experience Virtual Reality headsets at Ping An Finance Center.

Students enjoy a traditional Chinese dinner in Shenzhen.

The studio is kindly sponsored by SOM

January 21, 2019

SHENZHEN – Monday, 21 January 2019 marked the beginning of this year’s IIT Advanced Studio trip to China, led by CTBUH China Office Director and Academic Coordinator Dr. Peng Du, Visiting Assistant Professor, IIT. The collaborative design studio is conducted by CTBUH with support from Skidmore, Owings and Merrill LLP, who also kindly sponsored the trip. Taught by Dr. Peng Du, and CTBUH Chief Executive Officer Antony Wood, the studio focuses on the theme of Sustainable Vertical Urbanism: Towards Net-Zero Carbon Skyscrapers.

Led by Hanking Group, the group started the tour at Hanking Center Tower, which was awarded the “World’s Tallest Offset Core” certification by CTBUH, along with some students from Shenzhen University. In the afternoon, the students visited Tencent Seafront Towers, located in Shenzhen High-Tech Industrial Park. Organized by Tencent Technology Company Limited, the tour included a walk through around the building’s public facility floors, located in the skybridge. Later in the day, the students joined the tour at Baidu Tower, coordinated by CCDI group, where they got an opportunity to consult with a local architect on design strategies used in Shenzhen’s architecture.

On Tuesday, 22 January, the group visited One Shenzhen Bay, one of the most prestigious complexes in the city by Parkland Group. The tour took place at One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7, as well as the commercial shopping malls nearby, and the complex’s residential courtyard. In the afternoon, the students attended the opening ceremony of Sky Concert Hall atop One Shenzhen Bay Tower 7, which was recently certified as the “World’s Highest Concert Hall” by CTBUH. The ceremony conducted at the performance space included the unveiling of a CTBUH signboard confirming the world record. On Wednesday 23 January, the students got a chance to explore the city and investigated potential sites for their studio projects. Before departing to Guangzhou on Thursday afternoon, some of the students took a trip to the current tallest office building in the world, and the tallest building in Shenzhen, Ping An Finance Center. Arranged by Ping An Real Estate Co Ltd, the students got an exclusive tour of the building’s observatory deck and current museum exhibition.

On Friday, 25 January, the tour kicked off at Pearl River Tower, in Guangzhou. Led by a building manager from The Guangzhou Pearl River Tower Properties, students had an opportunity to see various design techniques that were implemented in the tower, inducing wind turbines, VAV cooling systems, double-glazed façades to reduce heating loads, and a PV panel installation. In the afternoon, the group attended an event hosted by CityGroup Design Co., Ltd, one of the leading interior design firms in China. After that final tour, the students returned home, excited to share their experiences and continue to work on their advanced studio projects.