Beijing Facts

Population 20,693,000 (2012)
Area 1,368 km² • 528 mi²
150m+ Buildings 29 Completed11 Under Constr.
300m+ Buildings 1 Completed1 Under Constr.
Tallest Building China World Tower (330 m)
Global Ranking #36 in the world by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Regional Ranking #23 in Asia by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
Country Ranking #12 in China by no. of 150m+ completed buildings
First 150m+ Building Capital Mansion (1989)
Average Building Age 9 years
Most Common Function Office, 67%
Most Common Material Composite, 57%

All building-related facts are for 150m+ buildings.

Buildings See All Buildings in City

1   China Zun Tower 2018 528 m
2   China World Tower 2010 330 m
3   China World Trade Center Phase 3B 2017 288 m
4   Fortune Financial Center 2014 267 m
5   Samsung China Headquarters 2018 260 m
6   Beijing Greenland Center 2016 260 m
7   Beijing Yintai Centre - Park Tower 2008 250 m
8   Sunshine Insurance Headquarters 2019 243 m
9   Beijing Television Center 2006 239 m
10   Z14 Plot Tower 1 2018 238 m
  Completed   Arch. Topped Out   Struct. Topped Out   Under Constr.

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CTBUH Initiatives

2016 Vertical City Conference
12-14 Oct 2016 – CTBUH-Related News Non-CTBUH

Intelligent Egress Workshop Tackles Tough Fire-Safety Issues
21 Sep 2016 – Event Report

CTBUH Names Tall Building Award Winners and Finalists
22 Jun 2016 – Awards Event

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CTBUH Initiatives Related to Beijing

2016 Vertical City Conference
12-14 Oct 2016, Tianjin – CTBUH-Related News
This event will explore how the Vertical City concept can contribute to the development of metropolitan areas and mega metropolitan areas, such as "Jing Jin Ji" in China.
Intelligent Egress Workshop Tackles Tough Fire-Safety Issues
21 Sep 2016, Beijing – Event Report
Co-organized by CTBUH, UTRC (China), and Institute of Public Safety of Tsinghua University, this day-long workshop examined the issues and challenges accompanying ever-taller buildings.
CTBUH Names Tall Building Award Winners and Finalists
22 Jun 2016, Chicago – Awards Event
CTBUH is proud to announce the winners and finalists for the CTBUH 2016 Tall Building Awards, chosen from a pool of 132 submissions vying for recognition.
2016 China Awards Symposium, Ceremony & Dinner
13 May 2016, Shanghai – Event Report
The inaugural CITAB-CTBUH China Tall Building Awards were held at Shanghai Tower culminating with Bund SOHO winning China Best Tall Building Overall Award.
China Zun Visit
23 Apr 2016, Beijing – Tour Report
Nearly 20 local professionals came together for a visit to the under construction China Zun Tower, the future tallest building in Beijing.
CITAB-CTBUH Name 2016 China Tall Building Award Recipients
25 Feb 2016, Shanghai – CTBUH News
CITAB and CTBUH are pleased to announce the award recipients for the inaugural CITAB-CTBUH 2016 China Tall Building Awards.
Future Places Workshop
18 Nov 2015, Beijing – Event Report
The second CTBUH Beijing Chapter workshop placed a particular emphasis on the subject of future workplaces and the importance of a robust marketing campaign for tall buildings.
Interesting Results from Second Round of Megacolumn Tests
27-29 Jul 2015, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH research division members attended the second round of tests in Beijing related to the Megacolumn Research project, sponsored by ArcelorMittal.
CTBUH Beijing Inaugural Event
22 Apr 2015, Beijing – Event Report
CTBUH Beijing's inaugural event featured presentations: "The New Fire Code on Tall Building Design" and "The Development of Beijing’s Central Business District".
First Composite Megacolumns Test a Big Success
5 Feb 2015, Beijing – Event Report
The large research team working on the composite megacolumns research project gathered in Beijing to start the test campaign on the first megacolumn samples.
CTBUH Releases Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building functions and structural materials.
Composite Megacolumns Research Meeting Held in Beijing
15 Dec 2014, Beijing – Event Report
Megacolumns researcher goes to Beijing to explore the actual behavior (N-M curve) of large composite concrete/steel megacolumns with encased steel profiles.
Beijing Regional Tour Report
20-21 Sep 2014, Beijing – Tour Report
Attendees of the Beijing tour toured the new CBD development on the east side of town, projected to contain 15 towers, many of whose foundations were already visibly underway.
Megacolumns Research – Update and First Deliverable
Sep 2014, Chicago – CTBUH Research Report
Progress is being made on the Composite Megacolumns research project, with a case study and laboratories selected for the destructive tests
Whirlwind Tour Stirs Up More Interest in Shanghai Conference
7-13 Mar 2014 – Tour Report
On a second intensive journey inside six months, Executive Director Antony Wood traveled to China to make additional connections and develop further support.
CTBUH Interviews Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten from OMA
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal Paper
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas, founding partner, Office for…
Rem Koolhaas from OMA Presents on CCTV
7 Nov 2013, Chicago – Awards Symposium Video
Rem Koolhaas, Founding Partner at OMA, presents on CCTV, the CTBUH Best Tall Buildings Asia & Australasia Winner at this year's awards symposium.
Four-City Tour Generates Strong Shanghai Conference Support
14-18 Oct 2013, Shanghai – Tour Report
Preparations for the 2014 CTBUH Conference are now underway. Executive Director Antony Wood embarked on a four-city tour, meeting with more than 30 companies over the course of 10 days.
The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Research
With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanizing population, China is developing tall buildings more than any other country globally.
Beijing Regional Tour Report
22-23 Sep 2012, Beijing – Tour Report
Congress delegates who traveled to Beijing were treated to a snapshot of how tall buildings are transforming China’s capital.
Path to the CTBUH 2012 Shanghai Congress: Beginnings…
Jul 2011, Shanghai – Event Report
CTBUH Leaders recently traveled to China to attend a CTBUH-Tongji University workshop, and begin the planning of the anticipated 9th World Congress Shanghai 2012.
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
Dec 2009 – CTBUH Journal Paper
Trump International Hotel & Tower named tallest building completed in 2009; Successful year for the American high-rise. Over half of all buildings 200m or taller completed in the past twelve months…
CTBUH Releases Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Journal Paper
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by Bonyan International…

Global News

Proposed Supertall Tower in Beijing to Utilize Pre-Fab Modules
7 Feb 2014 – A 300-meter tower designed by Henn Architects…

Infamous High-Rise “Fortress” Coming Down
6 Nov 2013 – The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a…

Yansong Continues Mountain Tower Theme
12 Sep 2013 – As a continuation to his Shan-Shui City concept…

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Proposed Supertall Tower in Beijing to Utilize Pre-Fab Modules
7 Feb 2014
A 300-meter tower designed by Henn Architects adopts the latest advancements in architecture to redefine the stereotypically severe skyscraper into an elegant structure…
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Infamous High-Rise “Fortress” Coming Down
6 Nov 2013
The luxurious "mountain villa" built atop a Beijing high-rise is being torn down. The $4 million penthouse was built on the roof of an existing apartment building earlier…
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Yansong Continues Mountain Tower Theme
12 Sep 2013
As a continuation to his Shan-Shui City concept, which envisions a "city of mountains and water," Ma Yansong of MAD Architects has proposed the Chaoyang Park project as…
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Residents Protest Rock Lair at the Top of a High-Rise
13 Aug 2013
A Chinese businessman who built a house covered by an artificial mountain on top of a 26-story apartment block in Beijing has been told to remove it or risk its…
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Beijing Re-Imagined Through “Light Park” Floating Skyscraper Competition Finalist
18 Mar 2013
Finalist in the 2013 Skyscraper Competition by eVolo Magazine, "Light Park” is a floating skyscraper, held aloft by helium, providing citizens with much-needed access to…

Videos

Tall Buildings and Context: Appropriate High Rise Vernaculars
18 Oct 2016 – Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; Winy Maas, MVRDV; Yan Meng, Urbanus; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Jerry Yin, SOHO China Co. Ltd.

CTBUH Video Interview – Yangsong Ma
18 Oct 2016 – Yangsong Ma, MAD Architects

China's Architecture Guidelines in the New Era
17 Oct 2016 – Long Xiu, Architectural Society of China

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Tall Buildings and Context: Appropriate High Rise Vernaculars
18 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Timothy Johnson, NBBJ; Yansong Ma, MAD Architects; Winy Maas, MVRDV; Yan Meng, Urbanus; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects; Jerry Yin, SOHO China Co. Ltd.
The issue of skyscraper form and expression being appropriate to cultural and social context is currently a hotly debated topic in China, as well as other parts of the…
CTBUH Video Interview – Yangsong Ma
18 Oct 2016 – 2016 China Conference Interviews; Yangsong Ma, MAD Architects
Yangsong Ma of MAD Architects is interviewed by Chris Bentley during the 2016 CTBUH China Conference. Yangsong discusses the importance of incorporating cultural and…
China's Architecture Guidelines in the New Era
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Long Xiu, Architectural Society of China
This presentation endeavors to establish guidelines for a new era of architecture in China, setting forth principles on improved policy implementation to promote the…
Mixed Use Tall Buildings – The Challenges and Benefits of Vertical Urbanization
17 Oct 2016 – Presentation at CTBUH 2016 China Conference; Samuel So, JLL
Monday October 17, 2016. Shenzhen, China. Samuel So, JLL, presents at the 2016 China Conference Session 3c: Building Operation. China is the global epicenter of…
Best Tall Building Asia & Australasia: CCTV Headquarters: A New Typology for the Skyscraper
7 Nov 2013 – CTBUH "12th Annual Awards"; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
CCTV Headquarters singlehandedly paved the way from the height-obsessed, set-back skyscraper of the past to the sculptural and spatial skyscraper of the present, at the…
Interview: CCTV Headquarters
7 Nov 2013 – 2013 Awards Ceremony/Symposium Interviews; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
Rem Koolhaas discusses CCTV Headquarters, the Best Tall Building Worldwide and Asia & Australasia Winner. Rem discusses his views on architecture and the issues with…
Interview: Ping An Finance Center
19 Sep 2012 – 2012 Shanghai Congress Interviews; Vincent Tse, Parsons Brinckerhoff
Vincent Tse of Parsons Brinckerhoff is interviewed by Jeff Herzer during the 2012 CTBUH Shanghai Congress at the Jin Mao, Shanghai. Vincent talks about the tall building…
Developing High Profile Branded Commercial Projects in China
19 Sep 2012 – Presentation at CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jerry Yin, SOHO
This presentation examines SOHO China’s process of developing and realizing ideas and strategies, from the client’s perspective. Market analysis, urban relationship,…
2009 Best Tall Building Award Winners: Linked Hybrid Building, Beijing, China
22 Oct 2009 – Presentation at CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference; Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects
Steven Holl, Steven Holl Architects presents at the CTBUH 2009 Chicago Conference. Each year the CTBUH recognizes excellence in tall building design and construction by…
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
5 Mar 2008 – Presentation at CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Ole Scheeren, OMA
Ole Scheeren from the Office of Metropolitan Architecture, presented some of the strategies utilized by OMA to challenge preconceptions of the tall building typology at…

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Research Papers

Tall Versus Old? The Role of Historic Preservation in the Context of Rapid Urban Growth
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

High Intensity Urban Order
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

Transport and the Megacity: Improving Vitality with Connectivity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism

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Tall Versus Old? The Role of Historic Preservation in the Context of Rapid Urban Growth
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Kate Ascher & Sabrina Uffer, BuroHappold Engineering
As cities aspire to become global metropolises, older low-rise structures are getting torn down to make room for new, often tall, buildings and neighborhoods. What does…
High Intensity Urban Order
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Patrik Schumacher, Zaha Hadid Architects
Density via high-rise structures remains a primary agenda in our era of urban concentration. It is crucial to understand the societal forces that drive concentration:…
Transport and the Megacity: Improving Vitality with Connectivity
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; John Prevc, Make Architects
The world’s urban population already accounts for more than half of the total population and is predicted to rise to 66% by 2050. Given that the majority of these urban…
How Big is Too Big? The Implications of Building Tall
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; May Wei, CallisonRTKL
Advances in technology and engineering have made it feasible to build truly awe-inspiring structures. But as the push to densify increases the pressure to build ever…
How High Could Beijing Reach?
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Long Ma, Jing Huang & Cheng Hou, BIAD
Can we still save our city? How high can buildings in Beijing arise? Beijing has so many ancient buildings; can they coexist harmoniously with skyscrapers? This essay…
21st Century Vertical Lifestyles - Intergenerational, Integrated Communities
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Stephan Reinke, Stephan Reinke Architects Limited
How does the 21st Century youth culture of social media integrate and merge with an ever increasing tech savvy senior population? As our cities and urban environments…
Climate-Responsive Exterior Enclosure Design
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Keith Boswell & Michael Duncan, Skidmore, Owings & Merrill LLP
In this paper, three different solutions in three different regions of China illustrate best practices for the design and execution of optimized building enclosure…
An Integrated Solution to Enable Safe Evacuation of Tall Buildings
17 Oct 2016 – Cities to Megacities: Shaping Dense Vertical Urbanism; Zhen Jia, Murilo Bonilha, Bill Li & Geeta Bora, United Technologies Corporation
Implementing real-time, efficient, and intelligent tall building egresses that ensure human safety in cases of emergencies can be extremely difficult. Most current egress…
Megacities: Setting the Scene
Oct 2016 – CTBUH Journal, 2016 Issue IV; Daniel Safarik, Shawn Ursini & Antony Wood; Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat
The rise of the megacity presents unprecedented opportunities to understand the human urbanization phenomenon, and to observe the effects of multicore, polycentric cities…
The Structural Design of “China Zun” Tower, Beijing
Sep 2016 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 5 Number 3; Liu Peng, Cheng Yu & Zhu Yan-Song, Arup
The “China Zun” tower in Beijing will rise to 528 meters in height and will be the tallest building in Beijing once built. Inspired by an ancient Chinese vessel, the “…
It’s Not About the Skyline, It’s About the Base Condition
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Terri Boake, University of Waterloo
The rapid densification of cities is a fairly recent phenomenon and seems in many cases to be progressing without regard to important already established urban theory…
Three-dimensional Exterior Bracing Systems for Tall Buildings
26 Oct 2015 – Global Interchanges: Resurgence of the Skyscraper City; Rupa Garai, Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias & Andrew Krebs, Skidmore, Owings and Merrill
The use of outriggers with and without belt trusses has become an expedient of choice for harnessing the three dimensional potential of tall buildings to resist lateral…
Year in Review: Tall Trends of 2014
Dec 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2015 Issue I; Daniel Safarik, Antony Wood, Marty Carver & Marshall Gerometta, CTBUH
An All-Time Record 97 Buildings of 200 Meters or Higher Completed in 2014 and 2014 showed further shifts towards Asia, and also surprising developments in building…
Case Study: China Zun Tower, Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue III; Robert Whitlock & Li Lei, Kohn Pedersen Fox; Luo Nengjun, CITIC Heye Investment Co. Ltd.; Liu Peng, Arup
China Zun Tower will be the flagship building of Beijing’s comprehensively planned 30-hectare central business district core. The 528-meter-tall tower will stand far…
The Public Meaning of Skyscrapers: Shenzhen Stock Exchange and CCTV
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; David Gianotten, Rem Koolhaas & Sylvia Chan, OMA
Through the designs of Shenzhen Stock Exchange and the CCTV Headquarters in Beijing, the paper illustrates the potential of skyscrapers in creating public meaning. This…
China Zun: Shaping the Future Skyline of Beijing
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Weiping Shao, Beijing Institute of Architectural Design
Due to the site location, China Zun has been a high-profile project from the very beginning. The new height of 528m would make the China Zun the new landmark for the…
Design Challenges of the 3 Tallest Buildings in North/ East/ South China
16 Sep 2014 – CTBUH 2014 Shanghai Conference Proceedings; Kam Chuen (Vincent) Tse, Lung Wai (Herbert) Lam, Sheung Lai (Eddie) Leung & Leung Wing (Daniel) Ho, Parsons Brinckerhoff
This paper describes the MEP and VTS design challenges of the tallest buildings in three major cities in China; namely, Beijing, Suzhou and Guangzhou. The 530m Guangzhou…
Highest Helipads
Jun 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue II; CTBUH Research
In this installment of Tall Buildings in Numbers, CTBUH considers how helipads are used on skyscrapers, and which are the highest in the world. The results were somewhat…
The New Context of Tall
Feb 2014 – CTBUH Journal, 2014 Issue I; Rem Koolhaas & David Gianotten, OMA
On the occasion of receiving the Best Tall Building Worldwide award at the 12th Annual CTBUH Awards Symposium and Dinner for CCTV Headquarters, Beijing, Rem Koolhaas,…
Field Measurements of the New CCTV Tower in Beijing
Sep 2013 – International Journal of High-Rise Buildings Volume 2 Number 3; Y. L. Xu & Y. Xia, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University; S. Zhan, H. Xia & N. Zhang, Beijing Jiaotong University
The emergence of a growing number of tall buildings, often with unusual shapes and innovative structural systems, has led to the realization of the need for and the…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: The Tallest 15 Cities in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue III; CTBUH Research
With over 1.3 billion citizens and a rapidly urbanizing population, China is developing tall buildings more than any other country globally. Currently it has 239…
30 Years in China: An Architect/Developer’s Perspective
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; John Portman, John Portman & Associates
The Portman Companies were one of the first foreign entities to establish business relations in China, and have since become recognized for quality building design and…
Asia Agenda
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Ole Scheeren, Büro Ole Scheeren
With Asia’s unparalleled and continued pace of growth fueled by economic development, the world order has shifted eastwards, and China has risen as the defining place to…
A New Approach to Green Urban Development in Asia
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jeffrey Heller, Heller Manus Architects
Development in China has presented an opportunity for a new paradigm in the creation of large-scale, low-carbon /carbon-neutral high-rise, mixed-use urban centers. Two…
Developing High Profile Branded Commercial Projects in China
Sep 2012 – CTBUH 2012 9th World Congress, Shanghai; Jerry Yin, SOHO
As one of the largest developers of commercial projects in China, SOHO China helped pioneer the concept of large-scale master-planned developments in Beijing, each with…
Tall Buildings in Numbers: A New Leader for Telecom Towers
Jun 2012 – CTBUH Journal, 2012 Issue II; CTBUH Research
With the recent completion of two megatall telecommunication/observation towers it is perhaps time to review these structures and also explain why they are distinguished…
The Synergy of a Destination: Three Successful Techniques in Global Mixed-Use Design
Oct 2011 – CTBUH 2011 Seoul Conference; Ming Zhang, MulvannyG2 Architecture
The central business district is a feature common in nearly all modern cities. Regardless of location or cultural background, all successful CBDs share common aspects…
Interview: Winy Maas, MVRDV
Jun 2010 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue II; Winy Maas, MVRDV
The urban future of Chinese cities could take the shape of supersized parabolic structures in and around current cities. Imagine a range of various green hills with…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2009
Dec 2009 – CTBUH Journal, 2010 Issue I; CTBUH Research
Trump International Hotel & Tower named tallest building completed in 2009; Successful year for the American high-rise. Over half of all buildings 200m or taller…
Case Study: CCTV Building - Headquarters & Cultural Center
Oct 2008 – CTBUH Journal, 2008 Issue III; Chris Carroll, Paul Cross, Xiaonian Duan & Craig Gibbons, Arup
The new headquarters of China Central Television contains the entire television-making process within a single building. The 234m tall tower redefines the form of the…
Challenging Preconceptions of the High-Rise Typology
Mar 2008 – CTBUH 2008 8th World Congress, Dubai; Rem Koolhaas, OMA
The skyscraper was born over 100 years ago, when the elevator made it possible to have access to previously unimaginable levels of a building. This paper examines…
Tallest Buildings Completed in 2007
Dec 2007 – CTBUH Research
333 meters high with 72 stories and 480 suites, Rose Rotana Tower in Dubai leads the list of the 10 tallest buildings completed in 2007. The tower, which is developed by…
Jin Mao Tower’s Influence on China’s New Innovative Tall Buildings
May 2006 – 2006 International Seminar of Design and Construction Technologies of Super High-Rise Buildings; Mark Sarkisian, Neville Mathias, Eric Long & Aaron Mazeika, SOM
The 56 story, 232 m tall Jinao Tower in Nanjing, China, is a next-generation tower which maximizes performance, efficiency, and occupant experience. Its faceted form is…
Performance-based Design of Smoke Extraction for the Basketball Gymnasium of Wukesong Culture and Sports Center
Oct 2004 – CTBUH 2004 Seoul Conference; Zhang Jingyan, Huo Ran, Wang Haobo, et al., University of Science and Technology China
Through numerical simulations, this paper examines the hyperboloidal smoke extraction shaft technology in the basketball gymnasium of Wukesong Culture and Sports Center.

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