The World’s 4th Tallest Tower – Wuhan, China
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The World’s 4th Tallest Tower – Wuhan, China

Another Chinese architectural giant is emerging on the scene. On Tuesday 21st of June, the Wuhan Greenland center tower, was announced to be the Landmark of the city of Wuhan in central China, potentially transiting the city from a regional center to an international one. Upon completion the tower would be the 4th tallest structure in the world at 606 m, 119 stories high, dwarfed only by the likes of the Shanghai Tower -scheduled for completion in 2014- at 632 meters high,  and Dubai’s Burj Khalifa tower at 828 m high.

American firm Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture, the winner of the design competition of The Wuhan Greenland center designed a tripod like base forming the foundation of the tapered building and an extremely efficient, aerodynamic profile will reduce wind loading, thereby minimizing the amount of structural material required for construction. Apertures located at regular intervals in the curtain wall will assist in venting wind pressure and will also house window washing systems and air intake and exhaust systems. The firms announcement stated the following:

“Adrian Smith + Gordon Gill Architecture is pleased to announce that it has won an international competition to design Wuhan Greenland Center, which at 606 meters (1,988 feet) will likely be China’s third-tallest building, and the fourth tallest in the world, when completed in about five years. Construction is scheduled to begin this summer in Wuhan near the meeting of the Yangtze and Han rivers.
A project of the Shanghai-based Greenland Group, the 119-level Wuhan Greenland Center will be comprised of about 300,000 sm of floor area, including about 200,000 sm of offices, 50,000 sm of luxury apartments and condominiums, a 45,000 sm five-star hotel, and a 5,000 sm, 27-meter-tall private club with spectacular views at the tower’s penthouse level.” the complete statement here.

China, a country already hosting half of the world’s 10 tallest buildings, still has the complete urge and potential for more. This new member to their skyscraper collection has a price tag of 30 billion yuan ($4.5 billion). Scheduled for completion in 2016, it will be the 3rd tallest in China, 4th in the World.

We previously introduced the Miapolis the highest tower in the world to be,  surpassing Burj Khalifa of Dubai, but it’s not included in the rank count as it hasn’t been yet approved for construction.

Building ID: [Completion Date: 2016] [Cost of investment: $4.5 Billion] [Designer: Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill Architecture] [Structure Consultant: Thornton Tomasetti] [Owner: Greenland Zhang Yuliang]

[Sources: Interact media defined, China Daily]

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