Smith and Gill win bid for 600-metre tower in China

Wuhan tower

Chicago-based architects Adrian Smith and Gordon Gill have won a competition to design the world’s fourth tallest building in Wuhan, central China.

The tower resembles Dubai’s Burj Khalifa, which Smith designed while at the Chicago office of Skidmore, Owings & Merrill. Like the Burj, the Wuhan tower will include sustainable measures and a streamlined, tapered form.

Smith said: “One of the distinctive features of this project is the innovative introduction of vents at the tips of the three legs of the tower at vertical quarter sections that will reduce wind pressure on the tower and reduce the vortices that can cause horizontal acceleration of movement. This feature, along with the elegant tapering of the tower, is an essential element in this performative design concept.”


The mixed-use tower, which is planned to house offices, condominiums, a hotel and a private club, is expected to be completed in about five years and construction is due to start this summer.

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