World’s fifth tallest skyscraper completed

Kohn Pedersen Fox has completed a 530-metre skyscraper in Guangzhou, the second tallest in China and the fifth tallest in the world.

KPF’s CTF Finance Centre is located in Guangzhou’s Zhujiang New Town and is the second of two towers built on a site overlooking the Pearl River.

It is around 100 metres lower than China’s highest building, the 632-metre-high Shanghai Tower – which is also the world’s second-tallest skyscraper.

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Developed by New World Development Company, the 111-storey-high mixed-used tower includes offices, a conference centre, a hotel, a shopping centre and a viewing deck.

It features four steps in the exterior that denote the changing functions inside the building, while the level of each setback corresponds with varying heights of nearby buildings.

Verdant outdoor terraces occupy the top of the indents, offering views across the city in all directions.

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