Burj Khalifa architect to design 248m-high China tower

Adrian Smith

The practice of Burj Khalifa architect Adrian Smith, AS + GG, has won an international competition to design Qintai Center, a 248m-tall corporate headquarters tower in Wuhan, Hubei Province, China.

Qintai Center’s total constructed area is 146,000m2, which includes a 5-star hotel and office space to be occupied by the client, Hubei Tobacco Company, as well as other tenants.

The tower will be connected via a plaza and a pedestrian bridge to a podium, which will contain retail, restaurants and a conference centre with a ballroom.


The top of the tower will contain a special executive lounge and restaurants.

Adrian Smith commented: “The genesis of the form in the competition phase related to the guzheng, a traditional Chinese musical instrument similar to a zither, featuring strings that are stretched over pegs that form a raised S curve over a rectangular wooden frame,”

“The instrument is similar to the one featured in a Chinese legend with deep significance to the culture of Hubei, which in turn inspired our design process early on.”

The building will be in sight of the AS+GG-designed Wuhan Greenland Center, a supertall tower now in the early stages of construction about five miles from the Qintai site.

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